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Eurociett, the trade group for European staffing firms, backs a decision by the European Parliament to give temporary workers employed through staffing firms the same pay and working conditions as traditionally employed workers. The new rule, known as the agency worker directive, requires the 27 members of the European Union to establish equal treatment rules for temporary workers within three years.
"We are really happy with this decision to adopt the agency directive," Denis Pennel, managing director of Eurociett, said Friday.
In addition to equal treatment, the directive could remove restrictions on temporary work in some areas, Pennel said. Countries would be required to review prohibitions against temporary workers, unless they can be justified for specific reasons. Pennel cited rules prohibiting temporary workers in the public sector in
Pennel also said 20 European countries already had equal treatment legislation. The
The directive could open up temporary work in some countries. Pennel said unions in
There are some fears the agency worker directive might reduce the size of the market in the
However, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the industry trade group in
While the directive requires temporary workers to get equal pay and conditions starting day one in most of Europe, it will start after 12 weeks in the
Pennel also said the directive sets minimums, it does not prevent companies from paying temporary workers more.