Sunday September 27, 2020
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Equal Treatment Rights for Agency Workers come into Force


Hundreds of thousands of agency workers across the UK will now benefit from improved working conditions from the new equal treatment rights for agency workers that came into effect on 1 October 2011.

Your Union is delighted that the Agency Worker Regulations have finally come into effect after many years of campaigning for equal treatment rights for agency workers.
The new Regulations will go a long way to rectify the huge disparity between the rights of directly employed and agency workers.

Agency workers have often been paid less and had worse terms and conditions than directly employed colleagues even when they were doing exactly the same job.
Until now agency workers have not had a right to the same pay and holiday rights as directly employed staff in the same workplace. This has led to the rise of the two-tier workforce and blatant attempts by employers to divide and rule their staff.

From day one of an assignment, agency workers are now entitled to:

  • Equal access to facilities in the hirerʼs workplace, such as childcare facilities, canteens, transport facilities and toilets.
  • Pregnancy and maternity rights, such as time off to attend ante-natal appointments.
  • The right to be told about relevant job vacancies on offer in the hirerʼs organisation.

After 12 weeks continuous service, agency workers will also be entitled to:

  • The same basic working and employment conditions that they would enjoy if the hirer had employed them directly. This includes equal treatment on pay, working time, night work, rest periods and breaks and holidays. Equal treatment on pay includes basic pay, fees, bonuses, commission, holiday pay and performance-related pay and bonuses, where these are based on the amount or quality of the work carried out.

The new rights are a significant step forward and will bring big benefits to the vast number of agency workers in the road haulage, distribution and logistics industry. 

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