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Clash over zero hours contracts at council
7:30am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
CONSERVATIVES have accused Thurrock Council of having double-standards over zero hour contracts.
The Labour-led council has been staunch critics of the contracts, in which the employee agrees to be available for work as and when required.
But the number of them at Thurrock Council has increased from 72 in 2010/11 to 181 in 2012/13, with more than 10 per cent currently on the deals.
Conservative Cllr Barry Johnson, pictured, said: “Thurrock Labour have made repeated references to bringing to an end this form of contract.
“However in the past couple of years of Labour control, staff on zero hour contracts have soared by over 250 per cent.
“This seems to fly in face of Labour’s ‘party of the working man’ facade.”
A Thurrock Council spokesman said between 2011/12 and 2012/13 the Thurrock Adult Community College was included in the figures, adding 66 to the number.
He said: “The council is clear it does not encourage the use of such contracts although they can be used in exceptional circumstances.”
Polly Billington, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, said: “Ed Miliband has pledged to crackdown on the inappropriate use of zero hours contracts.
“Despite what Cllr Johnson may want you to believe, the Tories have no intention of ending these kind of contracts. I hope Thurrock Council will conduct a review and ensure people are not exploited.”
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