Union welcomes draft law on full-time work


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.

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