Govt plans to protect agency staff

23-02-2007

 Govt plans to protect agency staff
A strategy to look after "vulnerable" agency workers and clamp down on rogue employers has been set out in a government consultation.

Vulnerable workers have been highlighted as a group that requires attention by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its strategy paper 'Success at Work', Personneltoday reports.

The consultation document sets out various measures including plans for migrant workers to be made aware of their rights before entering the UK and workers being allowed to freely withdraw from services provided by an agency such as transport.

There are also plans to make guidance for driving agencies very clear with regards to the likelihood of prosecution if they flout laws and let their staff drive for longer than their required hours.

The consultation states: "Agency work is a key element in our labour market - providing a route into employment for those previously excluded from it or economically inactive. Indeed, evidence indicates that approximately 36 per cent of agency workers were previously economically inactive."

There are an estimated 1.4 million temporary workers – including agency workers – in the UK.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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