There was a time when it looked as though this year’s Labour conference might not go ahead as they struggled to find a company to provide security at the event. The party’s usual supplier G4S had been deemed unsuitable after the NEC made a decision to boycott them over its prison contracts and links to Israel. By the time Labour came crawling back to the company to ask for their help, after running short of suitable options, G4S declined — and they opted for OCS.
So, conference regulars have been surprised to see a lot of familiar faces from previous years manning the doors at the event. It turns out that around a quarter of OCS’s work force at the event also work for… G4S. And the reason they can work for both companies? They are on zero hours contracts.
Mr S hopes Corbyn doesn’t go too hard on his policy to ban zero hours contracts in his leader’s speech this afternoon. After all, he wouldn’t want to be left with no security at all.