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Ending zero hours contracts for AA/SAGA linked to stock exchange says GMB

Replacing 'zero hours' with a few minimum hours (the rest of the hours being just as much a management tool to threaten people) and tied to other contractual changes may not be as great a leap forward as it might appear on the surface says GMB

GMB, the union for care staff and staff in AA, commented on the announcement by AA/ SAGA that it will move away from zero hours contracts for 15,000 staff at Allied Healthcare.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer for the care sector, said "GMB suspect that this announcement is linked to the well advanced plan to break up AA/SAGA and float SAGA on the London Stock Exchange. See GMB press release on the issue  as well as details of the  locations where Allied Healthcare has offices.

This could raise &pound3billion as early as spring 2014 for private equity owners CVC Capital Partners, Permira and Charterhouse.

They kid themselves as they claim what they propose is revolutionary. They want good PR for the float.

Giving vital, frontline care home carers security of employment, proper contracts and paid holidays is nothing new or revolutionary. This is exactly what local authorities did for decades until these vital services and workers were outsourced and exploited at the hands of companies like Allied Healthcare.

Replacing 'zero hours' with a few minimum hours (the rest of the hours being just as much a management tool to threaten people) and tied to other contractual changes may not be as great a leap forward as it might appear on the surface.”

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