Council’s zero hours job despite call for ban

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Sheffield Council has defended its decision to advertise another zero hours job - when Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has called for the contracts to be banned.

The Labour-run authority said the advert, for a music teacher and offering no guaranteed working hours, is ‘appropriate’ for the role.

Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, said she would work to end use of zero hours contracts by the council, which has 438 staff on them.

The council’s cabinet member for finance, Coun Bryan Lodge, said: “The council only uses zero hours contracts when it is appropriate to do so, we do not misuse them to exploit staff. In this case the council is advertising for music teachers to deliver a set number of lessons.

“The type of contracts Ed Miliband is talking about is where employers insist workers are available even when there is no guarantee of work, workers being required to work exclusively for one business and where employees work regular hours over a sustained period.

“It is absolutely right that we clamp down on these practices which are clearly wrong.”

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband said he wants to end the ‘misuse of the contracts’.