MSP calls on McDon­ald’s to scrap zero hours con­tracts

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Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has called on McDon­ald’s to change its pol­icy on em­ploy­ing work­ers on zero hours con­tracts, as the open­ing of their Ruther­glen res­tau­rant ap­proaches.

Work is cur­rently on­go­ing on the new res­tau­rant, which will be lo­cated next to the Tesco su­per­store on Dal­marnock Road.

Last week, Paul Pom­roy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of McDon­ald’s UK, de­fended the use of zero-hours con­tracts say­ing staff“love the flex­i­bilty”.

How­ever, James be­lieves they are ex­ploita­tive and has said that they have no place lo­cally.

The MSP has wel­comed the new busi­ness to the area, but does not want to see con­stituents stuck on un­fair con­tracts.

The Ruther­glen store, due to open later this year, will be one of 300 new out­lets in the UK. It is ex­pected to cre­ate 65 jobs.

The Labour MSP said:“It’s great to have busi­nesses choos­ing to open new out­lets in Ruther­glen, and I welcome the in­vest­ment.

“How­ever, 65 jobs with no guar­an­teed hours what­so­ever is very con­cern­ing for me.

“It’s ex­ploita­tive, and not the sort of work that lo­cal peo­ple de­serve.

“Be­ing stuck on a zero hours con­tact can some­times be the only op­tion for peo­ple strug­gling to get work – but more of­ten is not it causes those who re­ally want em­ploy­ment to be stuck in ex­ploita­tive jobs.

“Hav­ing to wait for a text mes­sage each day let­ting you know if you’ve got any hours stops peo­ple from en­joy­ing work, lead­ing sta­ble lives and be­ing able to bud­get week-in, week-out.

“I don’t want to see lo­cal peo­ple stuck on zero-hours con­tracts. That’s why I’m call­ing on McDon­alds to end their ob­ses­sion with them, and to start em­ploy­ing peo­ple fairly.”

A McDon­ald’s spokesper­son said: “All our em­ploy­ees are given a per­ma­nent con­tract, en­ti­tling them to a range of ben­e­fits in­clud­ing hol­i­day and sick pay, em­ployee dis­counts and ac­cess to a wide range of train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions. All McDon­ald’s em­ploy­ees start on more than the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage and ev­ery mem­ber of staff re­ceives an an­nual per­for­mance and salary re­view, where they can earn an in­crease of up to 4.5per cent.

“We pride our­selves on be­ing a flex­i­ble em­ployer and our con­tracts re­flect this.

“We have never used ex­clu­siv­ity clauses, nor do we ask our em­ploy­ees to be on call.

“When we re­cruit new staff, prospec­tive em­ploy­ees are asked to in­di­cate how many hours and what days they are avail­able to work. This en­ables us to take on the range of full- and part-time staff needed to run our busi­ness ef­fec­tively. We do not take on staff if we can­not give them hours to work.”

The spokesper­son added they had be­gan hir­ing peo­ple from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang:“We are de­lighted to have be­gun re­cruit­ment for our new Ruther­glen store, which is ex­pected to open in win­ter 2015, and we are ex­cited about de­vel­op­ing a long and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and its res­i­dents.”

“We have al­ready hired over 30 lo­cal peo­ple, and re­cruit­ment is on­go­ing for another 50 new em­ploy­ees.”

Calls Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has crit­i­cised McDon­ald’s zero hours con­tracts

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