Agenda item

Zero Hour Contracts

Minutes:

Councillor Jackson Moved, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

That    Derry City and Strabane District Council calls upon employers to end the practice of zero hour contracts now. This Council commits itself to doing everything that it can to help make the north-west region a zero hour contract free zone.

This council agrees that zero hour contracts have no role in stimulating inclusive economic growth and should be banned.

 

This motion further proposes that the Mayor convene a district wide forum, including local business leaders, trade unions, employer’s organisations, youth groups, anti-poverty groups, and any other concerned sections of civic society, to develop a practical strategy aimed at bringing an end to these damaging and harmful employment practices.

 

Alderman Ramsey Proposed an Amendment, Seconded by Alderman Hussey          

Due to concerns surrounding zero hour contracts, this Council proposes that the Mayor convene a district wide forum, including local business leaders, trade unions, employer’s organisations, youth groups, anti-poverty groups, and any other concerned sections of civic society, to develop a practical strategy aimed at bringing an end to these damaging and harmful employment practices.     

 

                        After voting by a show of hands the results were as follows:

 

                        For – 8; Against - 28; Abstentions – 0.  Therefore the Amendment fell.

 

Councillor Gallagher proposed a further Amendment, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly

 

Derry City and Strabane District Council calls upon employers to end the practice of zero hour contracts now. This Council commits itself to doing everything that it can to help make the north-west region a zero hour contract free zone.

This council agrees that zero hour contracts have no role in stimulating inclusive economic growth and should be banned.

 

This motion further proposes that the Mayor convene a district wide forum, including local business leaders, trade unions, employer’s organisations, youth groups, anti-poverty groups, and any other concerned sections of civic society, to develop a practical strategy aimed at bringing an end to these damaging and harmful employment practices.

 

We further call on the Department for the Economy (DfE) to instruct any companies utilising zero hours contracts, or paying any workers less than a living wage, that they will no longer be eligible for financial support or investment.

                        After voting by a show of hands the results were as follows:

For – 28; Against – 8; Abstentions – 0.

 

The Amendment was therefore carried and subsequently became the Substantive Motion.

 

After voting by a show of hands on the Substantive Motion the results were as follows:

                        For – 28;  Against – 8;  Abstentions – 0. 

                        The Substantive Motion was therefore carried and the Council

Resolved       Derry City and Strabane District Council calls upon employers to end the practice of zero hour contracts now. This Council commits itself to doing everything that it can to help make the north-west region a zero hour contract free zone.

This council agrees that zero hour contracts have no role in stimulating inclusive economic growth and should be banned.

 

This motion further proposes that the Mayor convene a district wide forum, including local business leaders, trade unions, employer’s organisations, youth groups, anti-poverty groups, and any other concerned sections of civic society, to develop a practical strategy aimed at bringing an end to these damaging and harmful employment practices.

We further call on the Department for the Economy (DfE) to instruct any companies utilising zero hours contracts, or paying any workers less than a living wage, that they will no longer be eligible for financial support or investment.