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Agreement on agency worker directive

Published: Thursday, 12 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates may benefit from a European Union agreement set to improve the rights of temporary and agency workers.

According to reports, the terms of the agency working directive were thrashed out at a meeting of the EU Social Affairs Council, the result being temps will be entitled to the same pay and holiday entitlements as permanent staff following 12 weeks in a job.

Students on their summer break from university and recent graduates are among those who may seek temping work with an employment agency.

Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) stated that "real progress" had been seen on agency working.

The TUC, the body representing trade unions in the UK, claims to "campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad".

Its member unions provide services for a total of more than six and a half million workers.


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