Agency workers not being paid equally

The UK is failing to implement European rules designed to give equal pay to agency workers according to the TUC.
Agency workers not being paid equallyAgency workers who have been with a company for more than 12 weeks should be entitled to the same pay as permanent staff.

The TUC is complaining to the European Commission, saying that agency workers are still being paid less.

It comes amid a row about workers on so-called zero hours contracts.

The TUC claimed the government’s implementation of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive, which came into effect two years ago, was flawed.

It argued an exemption meant that if a worker was directly employed by an agency, the company did not have to pay that worker the same rate of pay as a staffer – although they do get paid for at least four weeks between assignments.

The TUC said there had been a big rise in these types of contracts, with more than one in six agency workers now on them, particularly in low-paid, low-skilled work.

The TUC wants these contracts banned and has now asked the European Commission to investigate the problem.

General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The recent agency worker regulations have improved working conditions for many agency workers without causing job losses.

“However, the regulations are being undermined by a growing number of employers who are putting staff on contracts that deny them equal pay.

Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work.

Employers say zero-hours contracts allow them the flexibility to take on staff in response to fluctuating demand for their services, in sectors such as tourism and hospitality.

Some employers have been accused of rolling over temporary employment in short-term amounts to get around having to pay workers full-time pay and benefits.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 250,000 UK workers are on zero-hours contracts – around 1% of the UK workforce – though the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development thinks the figure is closer to one million.

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