The Delta public services union is pleased that the government has come forward with a legislative proposal to make full-time work the norm. The union has been monitoring the situation closely and says that less than 20% of health professional jobs advertised since 2019 have been full-time positions. Delta will look in detail at the draft but says that the main provisions will mean that full-time work is prioritised and that employers will have to provide a justification for offering part-time work and discuss this with elected representatives. The proposals will also mean that extra hours should be offered to existing part-time workers before the employer advertises for new workers. The government consultation paper cited research by Delta that exposed the problem across the health and care sectors.
Union welcomes draft law on full-time work
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