Temporary agency workers and working time

Brussels, 21/05/2008

This is good news for millions of ‘temps’ in Europe, not just in the UK. It clears the way for a new EU Directive, based on the principle of equal treatment from day one, with possibilities to derogate only by collective agreement or by agreement between the social partners at national level. I hope that the Directive will now be agreed quickly. We continue to press our opposition to the UK’s continuing determination to retain its opt-out from the Working Time Directive and to express our concerns on other aspects of the proposed revision of this Directive”.