GMB Calls For An End To Zero Hours Working At Welsh Government Contractor
Vinci cleaning and security contracts at Cathays Park risk workers living in poverty, says GMB
GMB today condemned Welsh government contractor Vinci for hiring workers on zero hours contracts despite a commitment made by the Welsh Government to limit their use and phase out other such 'bad practices'.
Vinci has proposed a number of changes to shift patterns which will impact on security staff and cleaners including limiting overtime and introducing more night shifts. Vinci has hired half a dozen new workers on zero hours contracts while it consults its workers on the proposals.
GMB organiser Nicola Savage said:
"There are lots of Welsh Government staff who are upset about this. I don't think that ministers are aware of the current situation. There is a group of staff who have been there for some time and these changes are going to significantly affect their working conditions, their earning capacity and their home lives.
“The potential reduction in their hours to such a level will push them into poverty. It's very upsetting and the Welsh Government should step in and do something about it now. If they are concerned about zero hours contracts they should stand true to their beliefs in bringing people out of poverty."
Contact: Nicola Savage on 07980 753111 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
1 Zero-hours staff at Welsh Government HQ despite pledge (BBC)