Zero excuses, end zero hour contracts now

It’s time Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse cut the weasel words and banned zero hour contracts, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.

“Michael Woodhouse today acknowledged zero hour contracts are unfair.

“However the minister is dithering, suggesting the law should be clarified.

“There is no need to review legislation or overcomplicate the issue. Michael Woodhouse simply needs to outlaw these nasty practises now.

“This is nothing to do with casual employment. It’s about employers imposing obligations on workers to be at work but with no guarantee of work. That's wrong whichever way you cut and dice it.

“There is no need for zero hour contracts and the recent abolition of their use by fast food conglomerate Restaurant Brands has proved that.

“Too many Kiwi workers in retail, hospitality, cleaning and caregiving remain on these contracts.

“Zero hour contracts are wrong and have no place in New Zealand,” Andrew Little says.