Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore has said the authority will ‘endeavour to rule out’ controversial zero hours contracts.
The council revealed it has hundreds of non-school staff on the contracts, which offer no guarantee of working hours or pay from week to week.
At a meeting of the authority’s ruling cabinet, Coun Dore was challenged on the issue by socialist campaigner Nigel Slack.
He said: “Those employed on zero-hours contracts have no guarantee of work and have to live in a state of constant uncertainty as well as suffering reduced levels of rights.”
Coun Dore replied she had not been aware of council staff being on the contracts – although officers have revealed there are 438 zero-hours employees, mainly in adult social care.
Coun Dore said: “The council will endeavour to rule out zero-hours contracts.
“However, when working with contractors it is important to ensure the best service with the money we have available.”