Joe has voiced his disappointment that an agreed review of casual contracts has led to an increase in their use rather than the intended decrease.
In September 2013, when Councillor Cullinane moved a motion on the issue, the Council employed 900 individual on casual contracts which have no guaranteed hours. The figure now stands around 948.
This increase has happened despite a report to the Council’s Scrutiny Committee which recommended that each department review their use of casual contracts to identify opportunities to move the employees onto permanent contracts.
Speaking after he raised the issue again at the recent Council meeting Joe said,
“This review now needs some political leadership to make sure that it is effective.”
“It is OK for SNP Councillors to simply state that Department’s will be reminded to seek opportunities to move casual employees onto permanent contracts but quite frankly that’s what the Council has already agreed and the figures have risen not fallen.”
“This issue is so important for a number of reasons but most importantly it is about providing a fairer deal for those working regular hours but stuck on casual contracts. They deserve the security of a permanent job and let’s not forget that even if casual workers do get regular hours they can’t get access to credit like mortgages and loans. This is very much about fairness.”
“The Council must announce very quickly how many casual employees have been transferred to permanent contracts as a result of the review because this is not an issue I am willing to let lie.”