June 17th, 2014

Balls Told Constituents He Would Fight Zero Hours Contracts
Then Employed Four Zero Hours Staff Himself Last Year

Talking to his constituents last year Ed Balls railed against so-called zero-hours contracts, launching a stinging attack in the Morley Observer & Advertiser:

Just in this area, thousands are working with this kind of contract. It puts a real strain on working families and cause huge anxiety and uncertainty. Each week they don’t know whether there will be enough work to feed their kids or pay for childcare.

I want to see this issue looked at properly and action taken so that these kinds of contracts are the exception rather than the rule. It’s no way for Britain to compete in the global economy in the 21st century. Anyone who’s affected and wants me to look into their case should get in touch by emailed ed@edballs.com or call 0113 253 9466.”

Stern words.

The Sun today reveals that Balls has employed four workers on zero-hours contracts in the last year. Indeed, out of the 62 Labour MPs who employed parliamentary staff on zero-hours contracts in 2013, the Shadow Chancellor was one of the biggest users. His spokesman Alex Belardinelli is trying to spin away the screw-up by arguing: “on advice of IPSA we use their casual contracts solely to allow us to pay living wage to interns & students on temp placements”. That doesn’t even make sense; temp contracts can of course specify hours. Nor is IPSA advice mandatory, if they told Balls to send his staffers up the chimneys would he do that too? Balls tells his constituents to give his office a ring if they have been affected by zero-hours contracts. Chances are the phone will be answered by someone who is on one too…

Fortunately, the Shadow Chancellor has a defender in the Institute of Directors:

“The fact that so many students and young people are employed by Labour MPs in this way further undermines the calls from the far left to ban such contracts all together. Thankfully, cooler heads have prevailed and the Labour policy on Zero Hours Contracts is now pretty sensible. Just don’t tell Oxfam…”

A welcome change in policy…


  1. 1
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

  2. 2
    Ed Moribund says:

    I employ Ed Balls on a Zero Brain Cells contract.

  3. 3
    Sarah Millington says:

    SME businesses who employ the vast majority or workers in the UK & pay the majority of the business tax cannot conceive a time when Ed Balls should ever be allowed near the Exchequer again.

  4. 4
    Champagne Socialist says:

    Don’t worry about it. Look over there, rich Tories!

  5. 5
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Hypocrisy and mendacity.

    It’s in Labour’s D-N-A.

  6. 6
    anonymous says:

    Hypocrites…zero hour contracts are basically slave contracts binding you to them but no guarantee of work……..its basically putting killing off proper jobs.

  7. 7
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    Ooooooh, yes !! Must go and network with them.

  8. 8
    dai constructively says:

    MPs should be on zero hours contracts

  9. 9
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Car crash Balls at it again!

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Any views on this Moussa you dumb fcuk?

    I suppose it’s the Tories fault that Balls is so useless?

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    Ed Balls is a lying, hypocritical c*unt SHOCKER!

  12. 12
    táxpáyér says:

    work for X hours, get paid for X hours.

    Anything else is just madness.

    We could cut immigration so there’s less competition for employee-jobs (immigration of more economically productive people isn’t so harmful as they tend to be employers).

  13. 13
    Angela Merkel says:

    Schmutzige verdammt Hoden

  14. 14
    Ed Zero Balls says:

    I am full of bullshit and hypocrisy.

  15. 15
    ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:


  16. 16
    BBC The Big Question says:

    Is there anything Labour says or touches that doesn’t bounce back and bite them on the arse?

  17. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    Works for me.

  18. 18
    Sir Bentley Pauncefoot (deceased) says:

    The Electors of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath appear to have employed Gordon Brown on a zero-hours contract.

  19. 19
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:


  20. 20
    albacore says:

    Zero credibility – surely not
    A LibLabCon artist that’s lost the plot?
    If you can believe a word that lot says
    You’re the dreamer that needs to change his ways

  21. 21
    Ed Ballsac says:

    eleventeen….I mean…. twelvety

  22. 22
    anonymous says:

    National Trust are one of the worst, i know some people who are contracted seasonal staff for them, were told they would get at least 16 to 20hrs a week and are actually getting 4hrs work a week and yet their contract says they cannot work for anyone else, binds them in and is basic the employer can do what they like, yet you are shafted by their terms.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Love the old joke about how surgeons find that operating on politicians is the simplest job of all. When they are opened up there’s no heart, no stomach and no guts. Just a mouth at one end and an arsehole at the other and when they’re swapped it makes no difference.

  24. 24
    Hang your head in shame, Labour says:

    Did a deal with Sinn Fein behind the backs of the people to allow IRA terrorists to walk free….

  25. 25
    Peon says:

    “Gave a knighthood to Fred Goodwin”

    And approved an 8-digit pension after the collapse was known.

    A simple solution to the corrupt honours system is to make everyone in the country a peer, rendering existing titles valueless.

  26. 26
    Edward Balls says:

    AKA – The Rt.Hon. Flat-line Fatty Fuckwit.

  27. 27
  28. 28
    Baroness T says:

    They might have an arsehole, but they have no bottom.

  29. 29
    CON GAIN says:

    Save Ed Balls.

    He and Miliband are doing a great job.

    For the Conservatives!

  30. 30
    Owen Jones,Socialist turned Capitalist says:

    Send the Drones into Iraq.

  31. 31

    That is Socialism, innit? Shit on their heads and they say thank you.

  32. 32
    England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

    Yes… Yes.. all very amusing and predictable, but to the brain dead, infected, feckless fuckwits wot votes Labour, this will be irrelevant

  33. 33
    The two Muppets says:

    How can anybody with even half a brain possibly vote Labour . They are
    incompetent , dishonest, treacherous and are led by the worst pair of
    idiots anyone could imagine . And as for the rest of the Shadow Cabinet ,
    words fail me .

  34. 34
    Harriet Idiotperson says:

    Ed is right to employ people on Zero Hours contracts and he is right to apologise.

  35. 35

    If any other government had done all that Labour would have been ecstatic with joy,it was exactly how they intended the country to be broken!!

  36. 36
    The BBC says:

    No. Nothing for us to concern you with. It’s not a story we need to cover.

  37. 37
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Any true working class English Labour supporter with half a brain should vote Ukip. Unfortunately most of them lack this important human organ and thus will vote for the the same idiot that their father and his father voted for.

  38. 38
    dirty balls says:


  39. 39
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Most labour voters only have a quarter of a brain, many have even less than that.

  40. 40
    Llareggub says:

    But it’s really necessary that Balls-up employs them on zero hours. His criticisms are aimed at employers who don’t really need to be employing staff on zero hours, but just do it because they’re mean, horrible capitalist bastards, who like to pass their spare time sticking pins in the eyes of baby bunnies.

  41. 41
    Ted Balls says:

    Ed Balls talks about the ‘cost of living crisis’, but he and his Labour Colleagues voted against raising the tax threshold (personal allowance) to over £9000. He and Mrs Balls are a pair of hypocritical c**ts.

    Labour MPs hiring workers on zero-hour contracts (Labour List, MAY 16, 2014).

  42. 42
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Is voting Labour a sign of

    a) mental illness
    b) not being British
    c) being bullied at school and now wanting to get your own back on people who are better than you, more successful than you and far more attractive to members of the opposite sex than you.


  43. 43
    Fishy says:

    ”…Anyone who’s affected and wants me to look into their case should get in touch by emailed ed@edballs.com or call 0113 253 9466.”

    Which just goes to show that MP’s and even the Shadowy Chancellor have got fuck all to do. If Balls want’s to help people sort out their employment contracts, or their dole, or their rent he should fuckingwell go and work in the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

    This is not the fucking job of MPs

  44. 44
    Ed Miliballs says:

    Youtube Search: “Do You Really Know Ed Balls?”.

    Youtube Search: “Ed Balls – So what”.

    (unable to provide link for both clips in the comment section because the message is either awaiting moderation or has been deleted).

    Ed Balls and his wife are a pair of hypocritical twats. They talk about the ‘cost of living crisis’, but they and many Labour colleagues voted against raising the tax threshold (personal allowance of over £9000) at which people start to pay income tax.

  45. 45

    I’m a Tory. Come network with me. We can compare bedrooms.

  46. 46
    Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Kill this story!!!!!!!

    Something on Gove, quick!!!!!!

  47. 47
    The Art of Camouflage says:

    They’re decoys. The idea is that they attract all the media flak and deliberately cause as much adverse reaction as possible so that the actual selectees can arise from the wreckage like some “Spotless Rose” smelling sweetly and positively radiating credibility and competence, whilst Burke and Hare are dragged off ostentatiously and publicly disembowelled.
    It won’t improve the quality of the Labour leader or Chancellor, but it will make a lot of people really, really ecstatic!

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Did they not read the small print?

  49. 49

    If any one allows themselves to be bound by anything in a contract that stipulates that they cannot work for anyone else then they are mugs, I did it for years working for some times three of them ,earned a fortune plus a little self employment on the side doing portrait photography.

  50. 50
    S. Flanders, ex-b**ch to Balls & Miliband. says:

    62 Labour MPs are employing workers on zero hours contracts despite the party campaigning against them (Daily Mail, 20 May 2014).

    “Figures produced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority reveal that MPs employ 151 staff on zero hours contracts”.

    “62 are employed by Labour MPs, 77 by Conservatives, five by Liberal Democrats and seven by independents and the minor parties”.

    “Labour government will give new legal rights to workers on zero hour contracts”.

  51. 51
    Dangerous Brian says:

    PIE are right to advocate legalising sex with children.
    Harriet and Jack are right not to apologise for promoting this ideal.

  52. 52
    You can't touch me, I've got a letter says:

    Royal Pardons all ’round.

  53. 53
    One votes UKIP says:

    No vision
    No policies
    No principles
    No chance

  54. 54
    One votes UKIP says:

    Mr and Mrs Balls are both second home flippers making hundreds of thousands of pounds out of the tax-payer.

  55. 55
    One votes UKIP says:

    Voting Labour is acceptable from the age of 18 to 21.
    After that, it really is time to grow up.

  56. 56
    Jeremy Hardy, topical comedian says:

    Too right!

  57. 57
    Mystic Smeg says:

    I see a position for Ed Balls in Iraq.

  58. 58
    jgm2 says:

    What are they going to do? Fire you?

  59. 59
    Mycroft says:

    It was Labour that changed ‘Family Credit’ into ‘WFTC’ then finally WTC.

    It is in those transitions that the disease of Zero Hours employment was engendered.

    It meant that employers don’t pay the going rate or provide proper work, but instead the additional money comes from the Tax Payer.

    So the (genuinely) squeezed middle pay yet again for others to abrogate their responsibilities.

    The number of Turkeys that vote for Xmas by supporting Zero Hours contracts is a source of constant amazement to me.

    Unless you employ more than 10 people then you, “Mr PAYE”, are paying for the low wage of all those Companies that employ so many in this way.

    If you are on PAYE you are supporting the wages of every Zero Hours worker in the land.

    Starbucks and their ilk love you and your dumb acceptance of their racketeering scheme.

    Labour brought this in, it was Gordon Browns way to ensure they got re-elected as their core sheep vote will think they are getting something for nothing… engendering a further reliance on state hand-outs and dependancy.

    ‘Conservative’ or ‘Tory’ voters actually espouse ZHC’s whilst not for one second realising what they are supporting.

    If you support ZHC’s and are at the same time PAYE, you are adding more chains to bind you.

    Every word of support for ZHC’s is a further nail in UK’s coffin.

    Balls or Cameron it doesn’t matter, they are just a distraction for the stupid masses.

  60. 60
    Bertie Wooster says:

    I don’t think that’s a good idea, old chap, what what?

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Ed Balls

  62. 62
    Just woken up at the back says:

    So “family credit” collapsed on account of international terrorism ?

  63. 63
    The two Muppets says:

    But to be fair ,I used to support Labour ,and then I went up to
    the big school .

  64. 64
    Hugh Janus says:

    Typical politician – two-faced sh*t. They are all at it, it’s just that Liebore have raised hypocrisy to an art form.

  65. 65
    Coleman Young says:

  66. 66
    Cinna says:

    I like that. Spot on. F*uck the small print work for who you like; take on as many ZHCs as you want.

    As we used to say, when stuck in the s*hit hole of the Middle East, “The worst they can do is fire you and send you home”.

  67. 67
    Cameron the tit says:

    So lets take that scenario a stage further, imagine a Labour Government had done all that, you would think that a half decent conservative party would romp home at the next election, you would think that wouldn’t you? Further to that you wouldn’t think that the said party leader who failed to win an outright majority in front of such an open goal would then spend the next few years constantly fighting bush fires over stuff that had occurred under the last Government but which he had somehow allowed himself to be perceived as the main protagonist such as the phone hacking scandal !!!! Never mind bumsex marriage an unsucessful attempt to arm the likes of ISIS and the break up of the United Kingdom will be his greatest achievements.

  68. 68
    Mycroft says:

    No, after a 13 year enquiry it the conclusion was that the collapse was due to the Moomintrolls invading Mexico disguised as Lizardoids on flying surfboards armed to the gizzards with laser guns.

    You’ve missed quite a lot whilst snoozing… it was… emotional.

  69. 69


    Of course I can do arithmetic .

    zero plus zero = er……. zero

  70. 70
    PablotheScot says:

    MPs should be on Zero, period!

  71. 71
    Tom Catesby. says:

    This is just the level of crass hypocracy we have come to expect from the likes of Balls, more of the same. Hypocrites and toe rags the lot of them.

  72. 72
    Tom Catesby. says:

    If it was the ‘same idiot’, he/she must be very old.

  73. 73
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Name these shits!

  74. 74
    FatEd says:

    Ed has a touch of the downs about him…

  75. 75
    harrythebastard says:

    how many of them are illegal immigrants.

    Bet if you met Ed Balls he a really stupid bucket of wank

  76. 76
    harvey says:

    Just another example of Labour hypocrisy

  77. 77
    Dave the pleb says:

    Just another stinking Labour hypocrite. Do as I say, not do as I do.

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