A Helensburgh and Lomond MSP has committed to banning zero-hour contracts by signing up to a campaign scheme.

Jackie Baillie has expressed her delight in signing up to the Zero Hours Justice accreditation scheme. 

The organisation’s ultimate aim is to see a ban on the use of zero-hours contracts when these are unilaterally imposed by the employer.

She is now encouraging other members of the Scottish Parliament to join her in taking the step.

She said: “I am delighted to gain Zero Hours Justice accreditation and would encourage others to join us. Zero Hours Justice accreditation is an excellent way to show commitment to fair work and social justice.

"I hope many of my colleagues across all parties in the Scottish Parliament will sign up.”

Office for National Statistics research revealed that 94,000 Scottish workers are employed in insecure work, with sectors such as hospitality, social care and retail using zero-hours contracts most frequently.  

The campaign group Zero Hours Justice is encouraging public and private sector employers who offer their workers fair employment contracts to sign up to the free accreditation scheme. 

Chris Peace, director of Zero Hours Justice, said: "We are delighted that Jackie Baillie has become the latest employer in Scotland to gain accreditation as a Zero Hours Justice employer. 

“The ONS figures show that zero-hours contracts are all too prevalent in the Scottish economy.  

"Zero-hours contracts are exploitative and unnecessary. They leave workers uncertain of how many hours they might work, how much they will be paid and how they plan their lives."

For more information or to register, visit their website here.