Agency workers to get equal rights

Following the approval of the revised Temporary Agency Workers Directive by the European Parliament in October 2008, EU countries are now required to incorporate the provisions of the Directive in their national law.

It has been indicated by the Government that the revised Temporary Agency Workers Directive will come into effect in the next session of Parliament. The Directive accommodates the arrangement reached by the CBI, TUC and Government that agency workers should receive equal rights after 12 weeks.

The Temporary Agency Workers Directive will ensure:

  • Equal treatment for temporary agency workers compared to permanent workers in terms of basic working and employment conditions (including pay, holidays, working time, rest periods and maternity leave)
  • Equal access to collective facilities (such as canteens, child care facilities, or transport services)
  • Better access for agency workers to training both when working on an assignment and in between assignments