first_imgIn Personnel Today’s last editorial leader on the draft EU agency directive,we argued that the proposals were a step in the wrong direction. The EU nowseems be considering a giant leap – and its still in the wrong direction. Employers’ objections to the draft directive are focused on the plan to giveall temps the right to equal pay and conditions with staff in equivalent rolesafter only six weeks. The official in charge of the directive, MEP Ieke van denBurg, is now demanding that temporary staff get equal pay from their first dayin employment.Personnel Today’s News Barometer survey (News, page 2, 26 March) found that93 per cent of respondents said the directive would create an additional burdenfor HR. Now a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has shownthat the vast majority of temps are hired for six weeks or more. And four outof 10 organisations would not hire temporary workers at all if the draftdirective proposals became law. Employers who take their social responsibilities seriously will share theconcern that temporary workers’ rights should be protected. Employers realise,however, that many temporary workers will be out of work altogether if thedirective is passed in its current form. Administration is the problem – employers could be forced to provideagencies with the contracts of permanent staff doing equivalent work, orcompany pay scales, every time they take on a temp. Before it is too late, the UK Government and employers’ groups need to lobbyhard to make sure that the six-week period is extended to a length that willnot damage the flexibility of the UK labour market. As for the latest proposal to give temps equal pay and conditions from dayone – it is the kind of thing that gives the EU a bad name. By Noel O’Reilly Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. EU plans could put temps out of workOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more