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Posted On: 30th Jan 2015

Zero Hours Fix On UTV Live

Fixer Darryl Emslie
An image taken from the broadcast film
Gillian Young, Employment Mentor

Highlighting the potential downsides of zero and low-hour contracts, Darryl Emslie wants employers to offer more full-time posts.

His story was broadcast on UTV Live on 22nd February.

The 25-year-old from Belfast is concerned that others his age are struggling to make ends meet because they can't get sufficient hours at work.

‘I’d love to be working full-time,’ Darryl says.

‘I currently work twelve hours per week in the retail environment.

'I want to get my own place, learn how to drive, and even get married, but I can’t afford these things.

‘People cannot live off zero and low-hour contracts because it’s not a steady income.'

With Fixers, Darryl has helped create a film to highlight the pitfalls of restrictive contracts.

It uses humour to raise concerns and urges those who want to see an end to zero or low-hour arrangements to lobby their MPs.

You can watch Darryl's Fixers film 'Under Employment' below.

Gillian Young, an Employment Mentor for the Stepping Stones project run by East Belfast Mission, supports Darryl's campaign. She also appears in the TV piece.

‘Darryl’s situation is by no means unique,’ she comments.

‘I’ve noticed more and more zero or low-hour contracts and it’s quite disheartening for people who want to work. 

‘Sometimes those hours affect benefits too.’

Keen for his campaign to attract national attention, Darryl adds: ‘I’m going to take my film to Stormont and show employers across Northern Ireland so they start seeing this as a serious issue.

‘These contracts can trap people and then they aren't giving them a chance in life.

‘Something needs to be done.’

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