Welsh Labour tackles zero-hours contracts in Welsh Care sector

Welsh Labour will legislate to tackle zero hours contracts in the care sector. 

The Welsh Labour Government will shortly begin a period of consultation on plans to ensure that care providers offer all workers the option of a minimum-hours contract after a three month probationary period based on the average weekly hours worked during this period.

There are currently around 11,000 domiciliary care workers in Wales on zero-hours contracts, the majority of whom are employed in the independent sector.

As well as being unstable and financially insecure for workers, there is a clear evidence base that zero-hours contracts in the care sector impact on the quality of social care.

Welsh Labour has led the way when it comes to getting rid of zero-hours contracts: we've done so in Government and we've done so in organisations funded by Government.

Welsh Labour Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM, said:

“Giving care workers the choice of ditching zero hours contracts will help improve the quality and continuity of social care in Wales, and give care workers the fair deal they deserve.

“We are committed to building a prosperous and balanced economy that delivers social justice and opportunity for all the people of Wales, as well as providing the best possible care for those who need it.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to eliminate poor employment practices wherever they occur."

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