UK’s employers losing argument over temps

first_imgUK’s employers losing argument over tempsOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. TheEuropean Parliament has passed the controversial draft Agency Workers Directivewithout any of the key amendments favoured by UK employers.Thedraft, which intends to force companies to offer temps the same pay andconditions as permanent staff from day one of employment, has been criticisedas too prescriptive and damaging to competitiveness.TheParliament did vote to reintroduce the clause that allows temps comparable payafter six weeks of employment, although this would only apply for atransitional five-year period.Comparableconditions, however, would still apply from day one of work under the rulingfrom the plenary session in Strasbourg.DavidYeandle, deputy director at the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF), alsocriticised the lack of exemptions for highly skilled agency workers, oftenessential in certain sectors.Ina letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair, the EEF urges the Government to lobbyfor changes before the directive goes before the EU council of ministers nextmonth.Yeandlesaid: “I am extremely disappointed, but at least we have something to workon after the six-week clause on pay was re-introduced.”Clearly,now there is a huge responsibility on the Council of Ministers to take aconstructive view on the situation. We’ve written to the Government because weare so concerned about the flexibility of the UK workforce,” he said.TheRecruitment and Employment Confederation also condemned the decision and saidcomparable pay and conditions should only apply to temporary staff after 12months of employment.Ina separate vote, the Parliament decided that ‘temp to perm fees’ – the costagencies incur recruiting temps – should be reimbursed when temps are taken onpermanently.ByRoss Wighamwww.rec.uk.comKeypoints–Temps would get comparable pay after six weeks (from day one after five years)–Comparable conditions for temps would apply from day one–No exemption for specialist, high-skill temps–The directive will now go before the EU Council of Ministers in Decemberlast_img

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