EU sources -Unions against the exploitation of agency labour -October 02, 2012

In the report The Triangular Trap that was released as part of a global campaign to stop precarious work the trade union IndustriALL signals that agency workers are often unable to join bargain collectively. The defining characteristic of agency labour is a triangular relationship between the user undertaking, the agency and the worker, isolating the worker from the enterprise that effectively controls their work, their pay and their conditions so that the worker has no say in any of them and has no mechanism to negotiate improvements. On 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work, affiliates will be mobilising their members to take action against the spread of agency work and other forms of precarious employment.

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