David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed the new regulations with give protection to Agency Workers from exploitation.
The Government has this week laid regulations in the House of Commons that, for the first time, will entitle agency workers to equal treatment on basic working an employment conditions, including pay and holidays, as if they had been recruited directly by the employer.
David Williams said, “This is a big step forward in ensuring fairness in the workplace, and it is something that I have campaigned for over many years. This is not just about protecting agency workers, as important as that it, The new regulations also protect permanently employed staff from being undercut by rogue employers.”
The new rules will come into force in October of next year.
David added, “In Crewe and Nantwich we have seen at first hand where local permanently employed staff have seen jobs disappear to agency working, often migrant labour on worse terms and conditions of employment. That exploitation is as wrong for migrant workers as it is for local workers and I am pleased that the Government is acting to make the situation fairer to all.”
Equal treatment means things such as pay, holidays, overtime, rest breaks and access to vacancies and facilities such as workplace crèches etc. The Government is introducing the new regulations with the agreement of Trades Unions and employers, but the Tory Party remains opposed to them.
David Williams commented, “I am by no means opposed to the employment of agency workers, indeed my wife is an Agency Supply Teacher,. I fully support the flexibility that offers to employers and employees alike. There is nothing wrong with companies and organisations using agency labour to meet peaks in demand, but when they do, they must act fairly with the workers and not exploit them.”
David concluded by saying, “Should the Tories win power at the next election, they are committed to scrapping this and other important employment rights. I was shocked to hear that the current MP for Crewe and Nantwich is opposed to these important new workplace rights. I can only assume that he either does not understand that there are workers in Crewe and Nantwich, and indeed across the country, that are being exploited by rogue traders, or that he is happy to see local workers undercut and local jobs disappear."