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Barrie Grunewald: I want St Helens Council to become a living wage employer
7:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
ST HELENS Council Leader Barrie Grunewald says the authority will remain committed to paying employees a living wage.
He said: “When I became Leader I pledged that the council would lead the way as an employer – helping to forge a fairer, more equal St Helens and committing the authority to becoming a living wage employer.
“But we urgently need to address the scandal of those employers who take advantage of zero hours contracts for their own benefit.
"For many of the people who work for these companies it can mean uncertainty, insecurity and exploitation.
“While zero hours contracts might suit some people, we have to ensure that no one, particularly vulnerable workers on the fringe of the labour market, is taken advantage of.”
The ‘zero hours’ term does not feature in council employment conditions but some roles within the council has seen several employees retained on a casual or relief basis.
Head of Human Resources at St Helens Council Brendan Farrell explained: “We’ll always need some sessional and relief staff, but we take pride in the fact that the council always maintains the highest possible standards in preparing these contracts – and does everything it can to minimise their number.”
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