What’s the point of a ‘Cameron’ job that can’t make work pay?

[Image: Eoin Clarke.]

[Image: Eoin Clarke.]

There are several reasons we should be sceptical about David Cameron’s pledge to make the UK a nation of ‘full employment’.

Firstly, his campaign poster has lied about his record so far. Why should anyone believe his claims about what he’ll do in the future?

Secondly, everybody knows that the Tories’ rubbish neoliberal ideology demands a large number of people have to be unemployed, in order to keep wages down – and Cameron very much wants the UK to remain a low-wage economy.

Thirdly, look at the jobs he has managed to create: zero hours contracts, part-time work, under-employment rife. If that’s his idea of what we need in order to create full employment, then he should be looking forward to his own P45 in May.

[Image: Eoin Clarke 9again).]

[Image: Eoin Clarke 9again).]

Or, as David Schneider put it on Twitter: “Cameron’s promise of full employment to guarantee everyone in the country a job that doesn’t pay enough for them to live off.”

The social media were quick to dismiss this latest nonsense from the PR genius behind “compassionate Conservatism”, “hug a hoodie” and “Green Tories” – remember those flops?

MagsNews on Twitter reported: “Cameron says everything’s wonderful in the jobs market! [Nine out of 10] new jobs are [full-time] jobs. ITV news asks why, if so, tax receipts are so low?!!”

And the Labour Press Team pointed out: “Tory record on jobs: more than 1.3 million people work part-time because they can’t get a full-time job. Tory record on jobs: 3.5 million people in work say they want extra hours. Tory record on jobs: 1.4 million zero-hours contracts in the economy.”

He doesn’t seem to realise what a diabolical mess he has made of the British jobs market – but don’t worry! Here’s a way to clarify matters for him:

Are you stuck in part-time work when you want to be earning full-time wages?

Have you been forced to accept a zero-hours contract, so you don’t know when you’ll be working but can’t claim benefits when you’re not?

Are you on a temporary contract, rather than in permanent work?

Are you earning less than the minimum wage – on a government work programme, for example – or are you earning less than a living wage in a full-time, part-time or zero-hours job?

If so, it’s time to stop calling it a job.

Call it a ‘Cameron’ instead.

“Hello, Bob – how’s it going?”

“Not bad. How about you? Did you get a job yet?”

“Meh. There’s nothing worthwhile to be had. All I got was a ‘Cameron’.”

Even then, he might not get the message.

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7 thoughts on “What’s the point of a ‘Cameron’ job that can’t make work pay?

  1. Jay

    I’d like a ‘Cameron’ – unemployed for 7+ years due to disability, I can’t even get a voluntary job as I’ve no references.

    We can’t discuss employment without recognising that disabled are being denied any employment at all: no support from job centres, stress of sanctions/appeals/cuts to benefits or services making disabilities worse, and nothing in place to prevent discrimination in workplace.

    We are going to be the ones who stay unemployed to keep everyone else afloat, who work for free in workfare type schemes to prop-up a system that systematically denies us our rights.

  2. tommaz jay

    Excellently put as always.
    It may even get into the urban dictionary alongside YTS. Job Creation Scheme (or not) and Enterprise Allowance, Getting a bit of Maggie Thatcher Déjà vu feeling but not of the nostalgic type.

  3. Mr.Angry

    As the evidence has and always will suggests the buffoon Cameron is so far detached from reality he really has not got a clue what it like for those on the receiving end.

    I have great admiration for those who start at the bottom and work their way up gaining valuable experience on the way. Sadly this is not the case with DC he does not share the same planet as the rest of us.

    He has inspired a great divide amongst the nation which will take a long time to heal.

  4. Jonathan Wilson

    I’m curious, what happened in 2012/2013 to massively increase zero hours? From 2009/2012 the variance was not statistically meaningful, especially in context to the preceding years. But something happened in 2012 to push zero hours? was it the tougher benefits sanctions, workfair, et. al. that meant taking a shitty zero hours was a preferable choice so allowing companies to shift to such an employment contract to cut costs, or was there some other bit of legislation that made it easier? Or, another possibility, the increase was actually started in 2010 but took a few years to filter through?

    1. Andy

      There’s hasn’t been any legislation it’s always been an option. Employers have seen that they can use this type of working contract to get them through the recession by reducing costs an thus maintaining profit levels. Also circumventing costly workers rights. This is very true in the retail sector. Even with zero hours contracts many companies have not survived. I don’t condemn or condone the use of these contracts. What I do condemn is the government for making this type of low paid work an all or nothing for hundreds of thousands of people.

  5. Mr Elliott

    I don’t believe / accept that a zero hour contract is a contract at all and should be challenged at court ( probably a European Court )

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