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Vox Political: Zero-Hours Employers Committing Electoral Fraud?

April 2, 2015

Mike over at Vox Political has today raised the disturbing question Are zero-hours employers committing electoral fraud? Mike says

It seems there are rumours doing the rounds that employers who use zero-hours contracts are threatening their workforce with the loss of their jobs if they don’t vote Conservative.

Whether or not there is any truth in the claim, employees everywhere should be reminded that intimidation of this kind is electoral fraud – and that is a criminal offence.

This writer has also been told that, historically, tenants who rented housing here in Mid Wales used to be threatened with eviction if they did not vote for the landlords’ choice of candidate. This is also electoral fraud.

He quotes the Electoral Commission, who advise anyone who has information that electoral fraud is being committed should immediately notify the police. He also provides the web address of the Commission, who give further information on their site. He also suggests contacting the Returning Officer for the constituency.

The article is at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/04/02/are-zero-hours-employers-committing-electoral-fraud/#comments

This is yet more evidence of the way the Tories, their Lib Dem enablers and the lounge-suit Fascists of UKIP are dragging us back to the Victorian age. In the 18th and 19th centuries workers were expected to vote the way their master voted. If they were lucky enough to have the vote, that is. During elections, they were also expected to decorate their machines with the party colours and slogans of their masters, and generally support whoever their employer supported. Failure to do so was considered disloyalty, and cost you your job.

Unfortunately, it is all too plausible that the kind of employers, who are ruthless and exploitative enough to put their workers on zero-hours contracts, would threaten them with losing their jobs if they didn’t vote the way they intended. They introduced these contracts because it makes jobs precarious, and so workers far more vulnerable to pressure.

Even if this is only another rumour – which let’s hope it is – it is another argument in favour of their abolition.