Delays to introduction of temporary worker rights

Delays to introduction of temporary worker rights
Friday, 16 October 2009 13:39

The implementation of the EU temporary worker's directive has been delayed the Government announced today. This is an effort to maintain labour market flexibility.

The new directive that gives temporary workers many of the same rights that permanent workers currently have will be delayed until the last possible date, possibly late 2011. Under the Directive, agency workers will be entitled to equal treatment on basic working and employment conditions, including pay and holidays, after 12 weeks on a particular assignment.

Other changes in the directive include

  • details about vacancies in the firm they are working for that will give them the same opportunity as other workers to find permanent employment
  • equal access to on-site facilities such as child care and transport services
  • improved rights to protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) has delayed the introduction by annnouncing an 18 week consultation on the proposals. This will provide businesses with as much time as is allowed in order to prepare for the new laws.

Business Minister, Pat McFadden said: "Last year the government secured a deal in Europe on the Agency Workers Directive that allows us to base Britain's rules on the agreement reached in the UK between the CBI and TUC. This allows us to implement the Directive in this country in a way which gives fair treatment to agency workers and maintains labour market flexibility."

The decision has been welcomed by business groups.

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