Unite the Union

Unite the Union

January 31, 2008 11:19 ET

Calling notice: MPs and Agency Workers Unite to End Undercutting and Exploitation

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM --(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2008) -

Attention: Newsdesks, Political and Social Affairs Correspondents.

Agency workers are coming to the Commons next Wednesday (6th February) to make their case to MPs for legislation to ensure that they are given some of the same employment rights as directly employed workers.

More than a dozen workers from all over the country will be in the Commons next week to talk to MPs about their experiences as agency workers and to call on their representatives to back a Private Members Bill which will give them the right to equal treatment in the workplace.

Agency workers working in telecommunications, construction, agriculture, local authorities, print, food, drink and manufacturing sectors will talk about how they face discrimination at work, being denied equal pay, overtime rates and access to health and safety and workplace training. MPs will also have the opportunity to question Andrew Miller, the bill's sponsor.

Trade unions are hosting the event to urge MPs to attend the second reading of the Private Members Bill on Friday 22nd February. More than 100 MPs will be required to be in the House on that afternoon if the bill is to progress to committee stage.

Copies of the Private Members Bill will also be available for media on Wednesday.

Photocall/interview opportunity

You are invited to meet Andrew Miller MP, agency workers, Labour MPs supporting the bill, General Secretaries including Brendan Barber of the TUC, Tony Woodley of Unite trade union and Billy Hayes of CWU:

Date: Wednesday 6th February
Time: 10 - 10.30 am
Venue: Jubilee Gardens, Palace of Westminster courtyard

Contact Information

  • Unite press office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 78 420 8909 or 07958 473 224
    Unite press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7 420 8914 or 07980 224 761