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BBC Inside Out
Is all the power in the hands of the employer when it comes to zero-hour contracts?
Supporters have argued their flexible nature suits many people.Copyright: BBCQuote Message: Zero-hours contracts offer businesses and employees an important degree of flexibility. For skilled professionals, a degree of flexibility can boost their earning power, while flexibility also suits students and older people – the main users of zero-hours contracts – who cannot commit to a set number of hours each and every week." from Jason Wouhra (pictured left) Chair of the West Midlands branch of the Institude of Directors
A number of local councils in the West Midlands use zero-hours contracts, as well as the NEC group which has 650 employees on them.
It says they’re needed because of the unpredictable nature of events.
Watch more on BBC Inside Out in hte West Midlands at 19:30 on BBC One.
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today
Find out more about the impact of Storm Imogen and more stories.
Bosses Engie said Rugeley Power Station was closing due to "the deterioration in market conditions for UK coalfired power generation".
Engie said market conditions for UK coal plants had "deteriorated rapidly in recent years" due to commodity prices and increases in carbon costs.
"Under such conditions, there was no prospect of the power station recovering its future operating costs," the firm said.Copyright: Google
David Alcock, CEO of Engie’s energy infrastructure division in the UK, said: “We implemented a number of changes at Rugeley a year ago in order to help maintain operations at the site but a combination of falling prices and the impact of various market changes has now made this unviable."
A lane is closed on the exit slip road northbound on the M42 at J4 for Shirley because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.
BBC Local Live
Here is a quick recap of the stories we have been covering this afternoon:
- More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against any move to hand the running of Sandwell's leisure centres to private companies
- Three men, including a serving West Midlands Police officer, have denied being involved in a hoax call to the force which prompted a national security alert
- The closure of Rugeley Power Station will take place in early summer, bosses have announced
A former firefighter from Cannock, who was famously caught on camera giving medical assistance to a woman following the 7/7 bombings in London, has called on film makers to be more aware of the movie scenes they are making in public.Copyright: Cannock Mercury
Services between Stechford and Adderley Park are being affected due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Bus replacement services are in operation.
Twenty one people were killed in November 1974 when two bombs exploded in pubs in Birmingham city centre. More than 40 years later, the families of the dead want the inquest into their deaths to be resumed. The city's coroner will decide later this week whether to do so.
An inquest was opened and adjourned at the time, but because the case was subject to a criminal investigation which resulted in the conviction of six men, it was never resumed.Copyright: PA
Even though the convictions of the Birmingham Six were quashed in 1991, the inquests remained closed.
No-one has been prosecuted for the IRA bombing and no-one has been arrested. And no-one has admitted to carrying it out.
Police say they are 'increasingly concerned" for a missing Tamworth teenager - who has not been seen for eight days.Copyright: Tamworth Herald
Rugeley Power Station will close this summer, bosses Engie have announced, putting up to 150 jobs at risk.
Conservative MP for Cannock Chase Amanda Milling has hit out at the "really disappointing" announcement and said she held "urgent talks" with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP.
Miss Milling said: "Rugeley B power station has been our last connection to our historic mining heritage, with much of the locally mined coal going to the site. Today’s announcement...[is] a major blow to the Rugeley community and, most particularly, the 150 people that work at Rugeley B.
"My top and immediate priority is to provide support for the power station’s employees and their families, ensuring these workers get all the support and assistance that they need at this very difficult time."
Express and Star
Residents living close to a West Bromwich pub have spoken of their shock after a man died outside the venue following an altercation.Copyright: Express and Star
A 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after another man died following an argument outside a West Bromwich pub has been released on bail.
The 61-year-old victim was confirmed dead soon after police were called the Queens Head on Church Lane late on Friday night.
Three men, including a serving West Midlands Police officer, have denied being involved in a hoax call to the force which prompted a national security alert.
A false 999 call in 2014 claimed an officer was in danger of being kidnapped by a radical Muslim man.
Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, from Yardley is currently suspended from his job as a police constable in Birmingham.
He will go on trial along with two other men in April.Copyright: BBC
BBC WM Sport
We’re approaching a couple of pivotal games for West Bromwich Albion, particularly with the style versus substance debate under Tony Pulis (pictured) intensifying with each passing 90 minutes.
He can’t afford too many more performances without registering a shot on target - there have been three in recent weeks: Southampton (a), Aston Villa (h) and Newcastle (a)Copyright: Getty Images
A tricky FA Cup replay at Peterborough is far from an ideal next fixture for Pulis, but even with injuries to key players like Brunt, Evans and Morrison badly hampering him, the ones he’s got available should get through to the next round.
But will they? Hear full commentary of the FA Cup 4th Round Replay Peterborough Utd v West Bromwich Albion on BBC WM 95.6 on Wednesday from 19:45.
The fire at a three-story building in Birmingham is believed to have started by computer equipment.
Three people have been treated for smoke inhalation.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against any move to hand the running of leisure centres in Sandwell to private companies.
At the moment the centres are run by Sandwell Leisure Trust, but council leaders say a business plan that will see the trust's budget cut by 75% in the next five years doesn't go far enough.Copyright: change.org
BBC Local Live
The top stories for Birmingham and Black Country this afternoon include:
- Almost 4,000 Birmingham University students have signed a petition demanding more police patrols in Selly Oak to tackle gangs of muggers
- Police are investigating what they're calling an unexplained death after the body of a man was found at a house in Sutton Coldfield last night
- Walsall is getting its first cinema in more than 20 years
BBC Inside Out
There are more people on zero-hours contracts in the West Midlands than any other region.
According to a report for the Office for National Statistics, about 79,000 people in the region were on the contracts between April and June 2015.
Zero-hour contracts give employees no guarantee of work. This has led to criticism that power is totally in the hands of the employer.Copyright: BBC
Lisa Williams from Birmingham says she had a bad experience working at a fast food restaurant on a zero-hours contract.
She says she would turn up to work, pay for parking and then be told there was no work for her.
BBC Midlands Today
One of the region's business leaders has called for a limit on how long firms can keep staff on zero-hour contracts.
Jason Wouhra, chairman of the Birmingham branch of the Institute of Directors has called for workers to be offered full-time jobs after a certain time.