Two people working alongside each other doing the same job should get the same pay rate.
But too often agency workers get paid much less than directly employed staff for doing the exact same work.
This is due to a legal loophole - known as the 'Swedish derogation' - which allows agencies and employers to avoid paying agency workers the going rate for the job.
This Undercutters' Charter means bosses can use agency workers to reduce their wages' bill and undercut the pay and conditions of their staff on a long-term basis.
Agency work no longer appears to be a stepping stone into secure employment in many sectors and workplaces. Instead, agency workers can remain trapped in low paid, insecure work, with few rights in the workplace. Younger agency workers are particularly missing out on career progression. And while some have claimed that the workers have a choice about the form of agency contract they accept, at best this is a 'Hobson's Choice', with workers told they can either sign the contract, or miss out on the chance to work.
This report sets out why ending the Undercutter’s Charter is a key part of the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda, and why government must end this unfair practice now.
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