Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) government response to the Taylor Review of Modern Employment practices, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The government has taken a baby step – when it needed to take a giant leap.
“These plans won’t stop the hire and fire culture of zero-hours contracts or sham self-employment. And they will still leave 1.8 million workers excluded from key protections.
“Ministers need to up their game. At the very least they must end the Undercutters’ Charter that means agency workers can be paid less than permanent staff doing the same job.”
- The government has announced a consultation about whether to end the Swedish Derogation loophole, which allows agency workers to be paid less than permanent staff even when they do exactly the same job. The TUC describes this loophole as an Undercutters’ Charter for bad bosses.
- The TUC wanted the government response to the Taylor Review to announce: