To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Believes that, although zero-hours contracts can benefit employers and workers in the freedom and flexibility they can offer, they can also create problems relating to reliability of income, security of employment, employment status and the balance of power between employer and employee.
2. Notes that, for the majority of those employed on zero-hours contracts, this freedom is more illusory than real and, for those who need a minimum number of working hours per week to ensure financial security for their family, life on a zero-hours contract is one of almost permanent uncertainty;
3. Notes that, for those who have had their hours reduced or changed because of a perceived unwillingness to work the hours their employer requires or following the lodging of a workplace complaint, this uncertainty can be coupled with the anxiety that comes from exploitation.
4. Believes that working on zero hours contracts has the potential to:
a) create a life of stress;
b) impact negatively on the management of household budgets;
c) impinge on family commitments;
d) undermine employment rights and relations; and
e) complicate access to tax credits and other benefits, the continued rise of which is a growing concern.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 22/02/2017
Lead member: David J Rowlands AM