At least the government hasn’t been completely cowed by the unions.
Zero-hour contracts won’t be banned under proposed changes to employment laws being considered by parliament, but workers on them will have to be offered “reasonable” compensation.
The transport and industrial relations select committee has just reported back on the Employment Standards Legislation Bill, but it hasn’t recommended scrapping zero-hour contracts – which don’t contain guaranteed hours, but require employees to be available for work – entirely.
Instead, an employer will have to have “genuine reasons” for including an availability provision in a contract and allow for “reasonable” compensation.
That’s disappointed opposition parties who say zero-hour contracts are being enshrined in law, when the government had promised to get rid of them. Read more »