United Kingdom - Agency work undercuts wages - March 31, 2018
Trade union confederation TUC published a report that investigates the functioning of agency work. According to the TUC, agency work no longer appears to be a stepping stone into direct employment in many sectors and workplaces. Instead, agency workers remain trapped in low paid, insecure work, with few rights in the workplace. Younger agency workers are particularly missing out on career progression. And while some have claimed that the workers have a choice about the form of agency contract they accept, at best this is a 'Hobson's Choice', with workers told they can either sign the contract, or miss out on the chance to work.
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