Zero Hours Contracts and Turning Point

News item posted: 04 April 2014

As part of the recent consultations with staff, all casual workers at Turning Point were moved onto zero hours contracts. No Turning Point employees on permanent contracts were moved onto zero hours contracts.

A driver for this change from casual worker agreements to zero hours contracts was to give employees more rights than if they were casuals. We fully recognise that zero hours contracts should not replace a permanent contract as the default employment option.

We released the following statement to the media following enquiries about Zero Hours Contracts at Turning Point.

Turning Point Statement

"Recently Turning Point was in consultation with employees and their recognised union, Unite, about changes to our terms and conditions of employment. These changes were made out of genuine need to respond to the ever changing demands on public finances. They were not made lightly and were made to protect jobs and services. As an organisation we remain committed to maintaining the base pay for all our employees and have also raised the base pay of some of our front line staff.

As part of this consultation we moved only people who were on casual workers agreements to zero hours contracts, to give employees more rights than if they were casuals, for example; continuity of employment, access to employment rights, a pension scheme and redundancy pay in certain circumstances. Currently 12% of our workforce are on zero hours contracts and we have stopped engaging casual workers. We recognise that zero hours contracts should not replace a permanent contract as the default employment option.

We are working with all our staff through these changes and appreciate their ongoing commitment to providing a high level of specialist service to those who rely on our consistent support."