A good day for vulnerable workers
Just got back from a visit by Pat McFadden, Minister for Employment Relations, to the TUC’s vulnerable workers pilot project in east London. The project is supporting workers in the cleaning and building service sector in the City of London and Canary Wharf, and a key element of the visit was an opportunity for the Minister to hear first hand about the issues faced by workers in the sector, and union efforts to support them.
The visit followed hot on the heels of the announcement that the TUC, CBIand government have agreed a way forward on agency working, which will mean tens of thousands of agency workers receive rights to ‘equal treatment’ once they have been working on a contract for 12 weeks or more. This should help stop unscrupulous employers using agency workers to undermine directly employed staff – and support union efforts to make sure agency workers have a voice at work. Movement on this issue is long overdue – and teh TUC has heralded it, quite rightly, as a ‘victory for union campaigning’. You can read the TUC’s full response here.