REC backs vulnerable working commission

04-06-2007

REC backs vulnerable working commission
The Recruitment and Employment Commission (REC) has responded positively to a government consultation on vulnerable workers.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has proposed a series of new measures to ensure that all workers are aware of their employment rights and that they understand basic employment law.

This consultation was designed to find new ways of helping the workers who are most at risk of exploitation from their employers.

Alistair Darling, trade and industry secretary, said that "all workers deserve decent minimum standards - a minimum wage, the right to paid holidays or the right to work in a safe environment".

Anne Fairweather, REC external relations manager, noted the benefits for agency workers and commented: "The DTI rightly recognises that agency work plays a vital role as a gateway to a permanent job as well as a choice for many workers who want to best manage the balance between their work and family life."

The DTI is launching a pilot scheme of awareness-raising in Birmingham and may extend it nationwide, if proves successful.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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