Traditionally because we work for a LA we are unable to work elsewhere due to there being a conflict in interest. Now with reduced hours they are being just as restrictive. Can they do this? Surely it is unreasonable ? It means that people may actually have to find work in a different field to fill in the other days
"because we work for a LA we are unable to work elsewhere due to there being a conflict in interest."
Well that doesn't sound right for a start! How can any and every other job automatically be a conflict of interests?! So if someone works 4 hours a week as a cleaner for the LA, they are not allowed to do any work for anyone else for the other 36 working hours? That would not be a reasonable, enforceable restriction.
What does the restriction clause in your contract actually say?