Joe has welcomed the news that the number of people employed by North Ayrshire Council on casual contracts has fallen in the last six months.
The number has fallen from 592 in May 2015 to 417 in December 2015.
The drop comes after 133 council employees, who were on casual contracts with no guaranteed hours, secured permanent or temporary positions with the council that offer guaranteed hours between 1st April 2015 and 14th December 2015.
Councillor Cullinane has been campaigning against the Council’s excessive use of casual contracts since 2013. He has compared his campaigning with the stance of his SNP Parliamentary opponent, Ruth Maguire, who, last December in response to his question at the full council, said “Casual contract were sometimes a good way of working.”
Speaking about the fall, Councillor Cullinane said,
“133 workers now have the security of guaranteed hours. The difference that makes to someone’s life in terms of being able to plan ahead is enormous. It also provides them with better rights at work and access to credit which you can’t get on zero hour contracts.”
“I am pleased that my campaigning, over a two year period, is starting to reap rewards. However, with 417 people still on casual contracts there is much more to do to and I won’t be stopping my campaign just yet.”
“It is also interesting to compare the approach of my SNP opponent who, in response to my questioning on the issue, said that ‘casual contracts were sometimes a good way of working’. If I had taken this approach, rather than campaigning for change, we may not be seeing secure guaranteed hours.”