Another sick Tory joke: Zero-hours contracts for civil servants

Somebody should remind the Conservative Party of the old adage that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

We certainly have monkeys running the UK government at the moment, because more than 80,000 full-time civil servants have left their jobs since the Conservatives started their reign of idiocy in 2010.

Now you know why nothing works properly.

The Tories actually thought it was a good idea to get rid of the people who actually know how to run government properly – Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove have been particularly keen on this.

Now, despite planning to get rid of a further 80,000 experienced and intelligent public servants – and thereby plunge the United Kingdom further into their new Dark Age, the Tories have started re-hiring some of the old hands they have already laid off.

Here’s the catch: They’re coming back on zero-hours contracts.

At one level, this might seem a good idea. Zero-hours work was always intended for people who had made their money already and merely wanted something productive to do in their spare time.

But no formerly-senior civil servant with any self-respect should be taking it up because they should know they are worth more – and because zero-hours work has been tarnished by the abuses of such contracts to harm the prospects of the genuinely poor.

This Blog predicts the only people taking up the offer will be ideological Conservatives, who will blindly follow the Tory line without advising on any better alternatives because they believe in it, and those who need the money and will do what they’re told for fear of losing it.

That will not give us good government.

Retired and redundant civil servants are being re-recruited to government jobs under a pilot scheme launched by the Cabinet Office. Some former staff are being re-employed using zero-hours contracts when full-time employees cannot cope with the workload, a leaked document shows.

The disclosure of the pilot, dubbed by opponents as a “Dad’s Army” solution to Whitehall’s staffing crisis, comes as mandarins brace themselves for further cuts. More than 80,000 full-time civil servants have left their jobs since 2010 with a similar number expected to leave during the current parliament.

Source: Government scheme to rehire former civil servants on zero-hours contracts | Politics | The Guardian

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10 thoughts on “Another sick Tory joke: Zero-hours contracts for civil servants

  1. mohandeer

    It really is time we had an audit on government finances so we can identify why the Tories are spending so much money and increasing, rather than reducing, the national debt. So many layoffs in Public Sector we now have a standard of living much lower than we had in 2008 even after it rose in 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. We also have self employed numbers not seen since before 1922 and the number of zero hours increasing quarterly, at this rate Britain’s economy will not even be the 6th largest(down from 4th in 2009) thanks to the Tory government.

    1. Brian

      If Mike’s prediction is correct, and I see no reason to question it, then surely these Tory ‘slaves’ will no doubt join the ranks of the poor & downtrodden people they put there in the first place, is this irony, or brilliant strategic planning by (Damian) Cameron to marginalise more of the population, including his own followers.

      1. Mervyn Hyde (@mjh0421)

        Brian: I rather suspect the Tories generally don’t care because they will have their seats reserved on the boards of the privatised companies that will run government services. If they manage to get their way, there will be little point of a government, after all the private sector will take care of all our needs.

        That is if you can afford it of course?

  2. mrmarcpc

    Zero hour contract jobs are not real jobs, all they are is glorified volunteering, if you’re doing a real job, you’re expected to get paid, a wage, a salary, you don’t with these zero hour jobs so they’re not proper jobs, like I said, glorified volunteering, that is what they truly are, they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with saying they’re jobs when they’re not.
    If anyone should be put on zero hour jobs, it’s IDS and his fellow bunch of tory parasites because what they get paid, they don’t earn!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I once suggested we should call zero-hour contract work ‘Camerons’ after the Prime Minister under whose reign they have flourished so evilly.

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