Grant Shapps: Zero hour contract concerns ‘not registering high’ with constituents

PUBLISHED: 14:56 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 21 August 2013

MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps

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WELWYN Hatfield’s MP said he had not been approached by staff voicing concerns about controversial zero-hour contracts.

Last week the Welwyn Hatfield Times revealed that 701 employees at Herts County Council, and 76 at Welwyn Hatfield Council, are on the terms.

It means they do not have minimum working hours.

After the figures came to light, Grant Shapps, who is also chairman of the Conservative Party, told this newspaper: “I can’t recall being approached by any constituents about this type of contract applying to themselves, so I suspect it’s 
not registering high for local people right now.”

But he voiced concerns about the 
contracts, stating: “On the so-called zero- hour contract issue, I think it’s important to recognise that there may be many different reasons why people are on this kind of contract and it may suit their own circumstances.

“However, I think it’s important to ensure that these contracts are not being used to promote unnecessary job insecurity.

“Yes, there can be times where the flexibility is welcome.

“But that shouldn’t come at the price of circumnavigating employment rules.”

A study earlier this month suggested there could be up to one million people employed on zero-hour contracts across the country.

Business secretary Vince Cable blasted the employment terms, and said there would be a review.


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