Agency workers need protection as soon as possible
Responding to Jonathan Djanogly MP's opposition to the Temporary Agency Workers' Directive, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
EU agreement - good news for agency workers and progress on working time
Commenting on the outcome of the EU's Social Affairs Council, which reached agreement on an Agency Working Directive and changes to the Working Time Directive, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
“This adds up to good news for people at work in the UK. The agreement on agency work is a major step forward in delivering a fair deal at work for UK agency workers and a real breakthrough on an issue that has been stalled at EU level for many years.
Statement after meeting with PM on agency worker rights
Speaking after a meeting between the Prime Minister and a TUC delegation to consider agency worker rights, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
“The Prime Minister recognised the importance of the issue and the problems that many agency workers face. Gordon Brown reassured us that he wants to make progress on this vital issue. We need to consider very carefully the best mechanism to achieve this.”
Migrant Agency Workers in the UK
This report presents evidence of widespread mistreatment of migrant agency workers and demonstrates the importance of an EU Temporary Agency Worker Directive to promote equal treatment for all agency workers.
Time to stop agency worker abuse
Employment agencies have a perfectly proper role in supplying temporary staff, but loopholes in employment law that leave agency staff open to exploitation must be closed to stop employers using them as a source of cheap vulnerable labour, says the TUC in a report published today (Tuesday).
Agency workers' consultation fails to address the real problem, says TUC
Commenting today (Tuesday) on the Government's publication of a consultation exercise looking into the treatment of agency workers, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “By announcing the consultation, the Government has recognised that agency workers can be vulnerable to abuse from unscrupulous agencies and employers and that more needs to done to protect them