EDM 985: Conditions of Agency Workers

20th January 2016

Conditions of Agency Workers
Session: 2015-16
Date tabled: 20.01.2016
Primary sponsor: Marion Fellows
Sponsors: Owen Thompson, Kirsty Blackman, Paul Monaghan, Drew Hendry, Phil Boswell

That this House notes that employees hired via agencies and third party bodies are not subject to the same conditions and rights as non-agency employees performing equivalent work; further notes that this leads to unacceptable exploitation of agency and third party workers; notes that, particularly in the case of agency drivers, this can lead to failures to adhere to health and safety legislation as workers often take whatever shifts are offered to them due to the financial uncertainty caused by zero hours contracts, leading to overworked employees handling heavy machinery and posing a threat to public safety; and recognises and supports the position that agencies and the contracts of their workers need an urgent review and subsequent regulation to ensure the rights and wellbeing of workers and members of the public.

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