Gordon Brown has offered to set up an independent commission to look into the question of rights for temporary and agency workers. The one-off inquiry, to include the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), would consider how these workers could be given pay and conditions in line with those enjoyed by permanent staff. The move coincides with a private member’s Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill, which aims to improve pay and conditions for temporary and agency staff in line with the proposed EU Agency Workers Directive, which has been stalled in the EU Parliament since 2002. The CBI has suggested a one-year qualification period before agency workers gain equal rights. However, it is expected that France will try to push through the proposed EU Agency Workers directive suggesting staff should qualify for equal treatment after just six days when it assumes the European presidency later in 2008