Labour U-turn on four-day old key election pledge

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Labour vote against scrapping compulsory zero hour contracts

The Labour Party has voted against implementing their own key election pledge just four days after launching it.

A Plaid Cymru bid to scrap compulsory zero hour contracts in the social care sector has been rejected by the National Assembly for Wales after the governing Labour Party joined with the Tories to block it.

Plaid Cymru has accused the Labour Party of “breaking a key election pledge” comparing it to the Liberal Democrats’ spectacular U-turn on tuition fees.

It is the seventh occasion on which the Labour Party in the National Assembly for Wales has failed to support scrapping zero hour contracts in the social care sector and it comes just four days after the party pledged to introduce a ban if they win the UK election in June.

Speaking after the debate, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, said:

“The Labour Party has reached a new level of incompetence in managing to vote against their own key election pledge just four days after launching it.

“Seven times Plaid Cymru has attempted to stand up for carers and put an end to the unfair practice of zero hour contracts, and seven times the Labour Party has failed to support us.

“The voters rightly punished the Liberal Democrats for breaking a key election pledge when they trebled tuition fees and voters should do the same to the Labour Party tomorrow for deceiving them on zero hour contracts.

“The Labour Party is too weak and divided to carry out its duty in government and they are not fit to provide an opposition in Westminster.

“The reality is we had a chance tonight to stand up for carers and give them the job security they deserve and instead of voting with Plaid Cymru, honouring their own promise from just four days ago, the Labour Party voted with the Tories to keep carers on zero hour contracts.

“Only Plaid Cymru can stand up to the Tories and defend workers’ rights and defend Wales.”

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