TUC Slams Failure Of Agency Worker Equal Pay Laws

In the opinion of the Union federation the TUC, the UK did not manage to create such laws which to ensure that all agency workers are paid equally. The aim of the current European directive is to ensure that agency workers get the same salaries as full-time staff in case they work for a company for more than 12 weeks. However, this does not function in the way it was planned to.

TUC also said that when agencies directly employed workers they might in fact not receive the same amount of money as those who were employed by the company.

This bothered the TUC and it complained to the European Commission with the statement that such types of contracts needed to be banned because they exploited workers.

General secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, said that the regulations which are now functioning changed the situation for better and many agency workers admitted the working conditions had improved and all this happened without any dismissals.

Unfortunately, more and more employers ignore the regulations and appoint workers exactly in the way they should not.

“Most people would be appalled if the person working next to them was paid more for doing the same job, and yet agency workers on these contracts can still be treated unfairly.”

Kevin Green, the chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said to the BBC that the most important thing was the creation of more working places. In his view, regulations should be respected and not changed constantly just because somebody did not like them.


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