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Private Members' Bill may reduce job opportunities
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Feb '08
The British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation held a joint Parliamentary briefing for MPs ahead of the second reading of Andrew Miller's Private Members' Bill on temporary agency workers, planned for February 22nd.

If successful, the Bill will have significant implications for businesses and the employment industry. The briefing was designed to provide MPs and journalists with an opportunity to better understand the very serious concerns that businesses and agencies have raised with the four representative organisations.

Commenting on the issue of temporary agency workers, Chris Hannant, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce said:
"The UK labour market's flexibility has been one of the major reasons the economy has performed strongly and created so many jobs over the last decade.

The proposals in Mr Miller's Private Members' Bill will undermine many of the advantages of this flexibility. This will not only damage employers but it will reduce job opportunities for those people that the Bill seeks to protect."

Tom Hadley, Director of External Relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation continues:
“REC recognises that all temporary workers should be treated fairly in the workplace. Their contribution is invaluable to thousands of businesses every year.

However our recruitment agency members fear that the equal treatment bill would simply add complications into the placement of temps when survey after survey shows that they are satisfied with their work.


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