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Agency Workers Directive implementation delayed

The Business Minister Pat McFadden has confirmed this afternoon that the introduction of the Agency Workers Directive in the UK is being delayed until October 2011. In a statement published on the Recruiter website (, the minister said:

“Last year the government secured a deal in Europe on the Agency Workers Directive that allows us to base Britain’s rules on the agreement reached in the UK between the CBI and TUC.

“This allows us to implement the directive in this country in a way which gives fair treatment to agency workers and maintains labour market flexibility. It was only possible because the government is engaged in the mainstream of Europe activelyinfluencing proposals coming from Europe, which affect the UK economy and UK workers. Careful and sometimes difficult negotiations were required to get the CBI-TUC agreement reflected in the final EU directive.

“As the Prime Minister has said, the government is committed to getting this legislation on the statute book by the end of this parliament. The law will come into force in the UK in October 2011, giving recruiters and their clients time to prepare and plan. We are also mindful of the need to avoid changing requirements on business until the economic recovery is more firmly established.”

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