Low-paid, low-skilled jobs are being provided by a variety of Labour-run authorities with none ensures of how typically recruits will likely be wanted. Even higher-skilled jobs similar to social work are marketed and not using a set variety of hours provided. The information has led to claims of hypocrisy towards Labour, whose chief Jeremy Corbyn has claimed zero-hours contracts are “exploitative” whereas his social gathering’s manifesto set out plans to outlaw them.
Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan mentioned: “As traditional, Labour say one factor and do one other. Labour councils are utilizing the identical zero hours contracts that Labour have mentioned needs to be banned.
“We have all the time recognised these contracts work for some folks, however that they need to not be abused.”
Zero-hours and informal contracts permit employers to rent workers with out having to ensure giving them work.
TUC evaluation of Workplace for Nationwide Statistics data discovered there are round 780,000 such agreements in place.
Labour first pledged motion to crackdown on using the contracts in 2013.
In 2017 Mr Corbyn made a “no ifs, no buts” promise Labour authorities would ban them altogether.
His social gathering’s election manifesto pledged to “ban zero-hours contracts – so that each employee will get a assured variety of hours every week”.
Prime Minister Theresa Could has refused to ban the contracts saying the transfer would “hurt extra folks than it will assist”.
Among the many jobs lately provided with zero hours by Labour councils are a submit as a “informal corridor attendant” marketed by Cheshire West and Chester council.
Bury Council is hiring social staff with out guaranteeing them a set variety of hours.
Darlington Borough Council posted an advert for a tutor on “established zero hours” phrases.
A spokesman mentioned: “Profitable candidates for this submit get pleasure from the identical phrases and situations as mounted hours posts – together with illness pay and vacation pay. The time period ‘zero hours’ refers to the truth that the hours are variable.
“The contract issued for this submit was consulted on and agreed with workers and their representatives a couple of years in the past.”