Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the announcement of a public consultation into the use of zero hour contracts.
Speaking after the Assembly’s Employment & Learning Committee was briefed on the matter by departmental officials ahead of the public consultation, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said;
"The use of Zero Hour Contracts needs to be governed and regulated in a way that supports the rights of working people.
"The present use of Zero Hour Contracts has a negative impact not only on the workers involved, but also on the wider economy so I welcome the announcement of a public consultation into their use.
"Thousands of workers covered by zero hour contracts are trapped in low paid jobs with poor working conditions and this must be addressed.
"All employees should be guaranteed a minimum number of hours or else paid an on-call retainer and not prohibited from taking up employment opportunities elsewhere as is often the case at present.
"As part of the consultation Minister Farry will contact 500 local employers so that we get a picture of the situation across the North.
"Sinn Féin will be making a detailed submission to this consultation and we would encourage other interested individuals and groups to do likewise.”