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Agency workers gain new rights

Agency workers are set to get the same pay and conditions as permanent staff in a new step forward for fairness and equality in the workplace.

Building on last year's agreement between the Trades Union Congress and Confederation of British Industry, the new rights will take effect once agency workers have spent 12 weeks in a given post, as part of the Government's implementation of the European Agency Workers Directive.

Publishing a consultation on new rights for agency workers, Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said:

"The last 10 years have seen great steps taken to promote fairness and equality in the workplace. New rights like the minimum wage and paid annual leave have helped transform the working lives of millions.

"Last year we reached agreement in Europe on the Agency Workers Directive, based on the agreement reached between the CBI and TUC. These proposals set out how we intend to implement equal treatment for agency workers in Britain.

"These proposals will take us another step forward by boosting the rights of agency workers, while making sure both employers and agency workers have the flexibility they need.

"In both good times and bad it is vital that we give people a fair deal at work without damaging our flexible labour market and putting jobs at risk."

 

 

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Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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