Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new deal between the Governmentunions and employers that will see agency workers in the UK receive equal treatment after 12 weeks employment.
The Government is committed to extending protection for vulnerable workers, wherever they work and the deal on agency workers adds to the already substantial protection rights that have been increased since 1997
Agency workers are currently covered by employment rights such as the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of race, sex, age etc, to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, Working Time entitlements such as regular rest and paid annual leave, health and safety and social security provisions such as maternity and paternity pay and specific regulations governing the conduct of agencies.
UK agency workers are likely to be the largest single group to benefit from the increase in the UK’s statutory entitlement to paid annual leave which increased from 4 weeks to 4.8 on 1 October 2007 and will increase to 5.6 weeks in April 2009.
David Hanson said:
“I am pleased that employers and unions have today reached agreement on new rules on equal treatment for agency workers after 12 weeks employment, ending six years of deadlock.
“The agreement will give increased protection to agency workers and guard against unfair wage undercutting without putting jobs at risk or cutting off a valuable route into employment.
“I hope that this deal can now pave the way to reaching agreement in Europe on an agency workers directive that secures this flexibility for the UK.
“Resolving this issue can also allow us to secure the opt-out for workers in the European working time directive – a vital part of the UK’s flexible labour market.”