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Oxfam in trouble after ‘politically biased campaign’

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Faux film poster tweeted by Oxfam

Faux film poster tweeted by Oxfam

Oxfam, one of Britain’s leading aid charities, is facing an inquiry by the charity watchdog after it criticised the current government austerity measures.

On Twitter, Oxfam posted an image of a faux film poster, with the heading “The Perfect Storm” and the words “Starring zero hour contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment, childcare costs”.

The accompanying tweet stated: “Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm – and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty”.

Conservative MPs reported Oxfam to the charity watchdog as they regarded their campaign against poverty as ‘politically biased’ against the Conservative government. Read the rest of this entry

Zero-hour Contracts Enforcing Poverty

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New policies have recently been enforced which mean jobseekers must accept zero-hour contracts or face losing their benefits for three months.

There are now 1.4 million zero-hour contracts, and they have been criticised for being low paid, having a lack of stability, sick pay or holiday pay, and having unrealistic expectations of employees to be available from 6am-9pm weekdays and weekends.

More than one in 10 employers are using such contracts, and they are more likely to be offered to women, young people and people over 65. The figures rise to almost half of all employers in the tourism, catering and food industries. Read the rest of this entry