Friday 22 February 2008

Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill

Today is the second reading of this private members bill introduced by Andrew Miller; who would seem by his actions to be one of the few socialists left in the parliamentary labour party. Because believe it or not this labour government opposes the bill because all of Gordon's friends in industry, you know the ones he keeps giving big fat IT contracts to that get fatter by the second and who keep doing so well in PFI arrangements asked them to.

John Cridland of the Confederation of British Industry claims the bill's approach is “scattergun” which is quite a weak attack, the bill is exceptionally simple, it gives each “agency worker” the right to access the employment tribunal system and while in that system they are given the presumption that fair treatment is what a “direct worker” of the some company would receive; the only slight use of smoke and mirrors is where a tribunal would have to extrapolate a directly comparable “direct worker” because one doesn't exist. I can see the argument that this makes things that bit more expensive for employers but that is the price we have to pay for behaving like human beings.

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