>Social partners and the UK Government have reached an agreement to grant equal treatment to workers employed via temporary work agencies, clearing the way for an EU directive on the issue, which could be launched as early as next June.
The agreement reached among British employers' confederation CBI and the country's Trade Union Confederation (TUC) concerns the following points:
- After 12 weeks in any given job, agency workers will be entitled to treatment equal to permanent workers'.
- Concretely this means that at least the basic working and employment conditions should be the same as if the workers had been recruited directly by the company they are working for to occupy the same job.
- Equal treatment does not cover occupational social security schemes.
Both sides agree that the deal achieves fairer treatment for agency workers while not removing the flexibility that agency work can offer both employers and workers.
The UK governement will start a consultation with social partners on implementing measures, such as dispute resolution mechanisms, sectoral agreements and anti-avoidance measures.
>Business leaders have described as "disastrous" and "a bad deal for for the country" a government brokered agreement giving up to 1.4m temporary and agency workers equal rights with permanent staff.
The CBI employers' organisation, however, defended the deal as "the least worst outcome available".
「the least worst」っていう、最上級を二つ重ねた言い方がすごいですね。
>He said there had been "a major risk of damaging legislation coming from Brussels". The CBI had "judged that the government's proposals represent the least worst outcome available".
>Ministers hope the deal will ease the pressure from Brussels to concede even more ground on temporary workers' rights in return for Britain being granted a permanent opt out of the working time directive, which would allow employees to work more than 48 hours per week.
"We're now very hopeful of securing the [permanent] working time opt out," said the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.