Agency Workers Directive voted in with no amendments

The
European Parliament has voted in the controversial Agency Workers Directive
without any of the key amendments favoured by UK employers.

The
vote came at a plenary session in Strasbourg today and has been heavily
criticised by the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) and Recruitment and
Employment Confederation (REC).

However,
the parliament did vote to re-introduce the six-week qualification period for
comparable pay for temporary workers, but only as a transitional measure.

This
would only last for five years and comparable conditions would apply from day
one of employment.

The
EEF has responded to the vote by sending a letter to the Prime Minister urging
the Government to lobby hard before the directive goes before the Council of
Ministers next month.  Click on related
articles to see a copy of the letter

By Ross Wigham

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