New deal for Agency workers announced

Unions and Business leaders finally came to an agreement over the rights over agency workers. The CBI, Government and TUC issued a joint statement outlining the proposed changes. Employers had initially wanted to give agency workers equal rights to full time employees after one year, but eventually conceded to the qualifying period being twelve weeks.

The joint statement represents a breakthrough after six years of deadlock for a European Directive to deliver equal treatment rights for agency workers  UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said 
“This is a great step forward to protect the majority of vulnerable agency workers,”, he had led the negotiations as president of the TUC. “
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Today's agreement is a victory for union campaigning. The issue of agency workers has been crying out for attention for far too long. Too many agency workers in the UK face unfair treatment and injustice. The agreement now opens the door to the much stronger legal protection that agency workers deserve, as our Commission on Vulnerable Employment so graphically highlighted.'

The TUC believe the deal will help up to 70% of agency workers, however the CBI believe the number to be lower, nearer 50%.  Calling the deal the least worst of options John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

'There has been a major risk of damaging legislation coming from Brussels, and the CBI has judged that the government’s proposals represent the least worst outcome available for British business.'

The deal does not cover sick pay and pensions.


Posted by Asif Yusuf

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