Permatemping: Are you a temp worker in the USA? When is "temporary" forever?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by LizKat, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) keeps tabs on assorted data from the world's industrialized nations. On the issue of protections for temporary workers, it ranks the US 41st out of 43. ProPublica has published this piece in its ongoing series about temporary labor issues:

    ProPublica: US Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

    Yah. Well I submit that how people wish to work rapidly defers to how companies wish for people to work when there is no bread on the table nor roof overhead. That's the reason we have any labor laws at all, never mind the other critical issue of whether they're enforced.
     
  2. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    In the UK there is a trend to putting people on 0 Hours contracts, i.e. you have a job, but if you're not needed they wont give you any hours.

    Of course additionally to this they also don't have to give you any holiday or benefits if you're on a contract for no hours.

    Sneaky.
     
  3. Huntn macrumors G5

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    When corporations view the worker as expendable vs an asset that makes their company function? An analogy: wanting to have sex but not hand over a ring. ;)
     
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    Ah, but you still have UHC, something the poor souls in the States do not.
     
  5. LizKat thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Heh, not only that but they must send all their officers to public relations 101 to try to make their arrangements, whatever they are, sound not only fair but desirable and so a win-win for the agency and the worker. To your point, ProPublica did a little extra research on the firm of one guy they interviewed and tacked that on after quoting what he'd had to say:

    And yet the first complaint from owners of businesses is always about regulation. They want a complete return to laissez-faire.
     
  6. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    You mean the NHS? (UHC = Universal health care?)

    Healthcare isn't tied in with our jobs though, everyone is entitled to emergency healthcare, even if you're just in the UK sightseeing.
     
  7. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Sorry for the sexual analogies, but they seem illustrative, such as they want the worker to bend over, take it and not fuss about it. While I do believe there is still some morality left in corporate America leadership positions, many (most?) of the titans of business don't want their hands tied, they want to execute business as they see fit. The problem in this equation and with Capitalism in general, is morality or the lack of it and how leaders function when in the "ego zone". You know, "I deserve it because I'm so wonderful, and you are just a peon. Accept your lot in life."

    Capitalism is a great wealth producer, but without proper regulation it produces all of the wealth for a select few and it becomes very ugly for rank and file employees.
     
  8. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    This is a very common problem in the entertainment industry. I know people that have been hired has freelancers but have worked full time, at the same place doing the same job for 5-10 years ("permalance" is the what it's commonly called). Employers falsely classifying employees as independent contractors for tax purposes is also a big problem out here.
     
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    UHC is the Global term for all government-run health care systems that are available to everyone. NHS is just one of them. Ours used to be called OHIP.

    I know. Would that our friends 'downstairs' had the same. ;)
     
  10. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Capitalism used to be rather laissez-fair. Then right about the time that alternative (competing) systems started to gain traction (early 20th century, communism etc), capitalism was suddenly willing to reform itself, to change its ways: "if you like socialism because of x, y, and z, I'll add x, y, and some of z to keep you happy..." And now with those competing systems on the wane, capitalism is again feeling its oats and pushing people around.

    Capitalism itself doesn't like competition.
     

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