Employers’ groups are calling for the service qualification for rights underthe EU draft directive on temporary workers to be extended from six weeks to 18months. Both the EEF and the CBI have said workers should have to wait a year and ahalf before they become entitled to compare their pay and benefits withcomparable permanent employees. “A six-week qualifying period… would only help firms coveringholidays and would remove flexibility for employers covering for vacancies andmaternity leave, for example,” said John Cridland, deputy director generalof the CBI. The Department for Trade and Industry is lobbying Brussels for a 12-monththreshold. The qualifying period is likely to become a key bargaining counterin diluting the directive, which could be adopted by next year. Not everyone in the HR profession would press for such a long period,however. Martin Hinchcliffe, HR director at Welcome Break, said: “I thinkthe period of qualification is too short. I would be happier if this wasdoubled.” TUC general secretary John Monks said the directive was necessary to preventemployers sacking permanent staff and re-employing them on inferior terms andconditions through agencies. He said only one third of agency workers have beenwith their current “employer” for less than three months. The proposals– Temporary staff will be entitled to compare their pay and conditionswith permanent colleagues after six weeks– Employers will have to show objective justification for lessfavourable treatment of temps– Employers will have to negotiate separate sets of pay andbenefits for every temp post– Temps will have to be informed of permanent jobs in theemployer’s business– Agencies will not be able to include clauses preventingemployers offering permanent jobs to temps– Temporary workers will be included in the count of workerswho are to be included for trade union recognition purposes Call to amend draft EU temps directiveOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.