Council challenged on zero-hours contracts

Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore in the Council Chamber at Sheffield Town Hall
Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore in the Council Chamber at Sheffield Town Hall
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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.”