There appears to be differing messages coming from the Government regarding the implementation of the Agency Workers Directive.
The following information has been extracted from the latest information we, at the Jenrick CPI IT Recruitment Consultancy, have received from APSCo, which indicates conflicting viewppoints of when and how the implementation will take place.
New rights for agency workers before next election?
New rights for agency workers will be fast-tracked into law before the next election, Gordon Brown said in his key-note speech at the TUC conference. The Prime Minister said laws giving agency workers the same employment rights as permanent staff would be introduced ‘in the coming few months’.
Mr Brown said:
“I believe that the fight for fairness must include agency workers, and so I pledge to you today that when parliament returns our new legislative programme will include equal treatment for agency workers and that in the coming few months the law will be on the statute book.”
Shadow Business Minister Jonathan Djanogly said:
“We opposed these proposals in Brussels for six years and were amazed that the Government gave in to union demands to bring them in.”
David Yeandle, head of employment policy at the EEF manufacturers’ group, said if the Agency Workers Directive is introduced too early the cost
and complexity would discourage employers from hiring staff.
Despite the Prime Minister’s comments at the TUC conference, it has been reported that as Business Secretary Peter Mandelson seeks to ease the burden on business, the implementation of the EU Agency Workers Directive could be delayed.
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that they “still haven’t made any firm decisions” on an implementation date. “Some people are speculating 2010 and some 2011,” he said.
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