The vast majority of cases that Zero Hours Justice has received this year have been related to Covid-19. It is clear that the pandemic, especially the government restrictions and lockdown, have simply magnified the negative effects of zero hours contracts and insecure work.
The people we have seen affected have been a diverse group, including invigilators who lost work when exams were cancelled this summer, local council workers, facilities staff working at Manchester Airport, shop workers and hospitality staff. Most shockingly, we have seen experienced, registered nurses on bank contracts with many years experience simply dumped by the NHS in the middle of a public health crisis.
As a result, we would like to let you know about Bureau Local and The Daily Mirror's Is Work Working? project, in which is intended to support you to tell your own stories of being in insecure work. They are running a series of online events and workshops to help you share your experience. It is hoped that the project will provide a great opportunity to shine a light on an under-reported area, particularly as people will be telling and shaping their own stories in a unique way. The successful participants will be paid for their involvement and will ultimately see their stories published in The Daily Mirror and on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s website.
The first event, an online Open Newsroom, takes place on 4th December at 1pm. You can find out more information from Bureau Local's website and this The Daily Mirror article.
Pravin Jeyaraj, Communications Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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