Ed Miliband 'would cost Britain jobs' if Labour closed loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour
Sunday 05 January 2014
Employers have accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk by targeting a “perfectly legal” loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour.
Ending the ability of unscrupulous bosses to undercut regular staff by paying agency workers lower wages would be among the steps Labour would take if it won the next election, Mr Miliband wrote in The Independent on Sunday.
The TUC claims agency staff are paid up to £135 a week less than permanent staff, despite working in the same place and doing the same job, because of a loophole in the Agency Workers’ Directive.
But Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: “The flexible labour market in this country has saved jobs and kept our economy going during tough times.
“Undermining this flexibility would put the very system which has kept unemployment down at risk. The agency directive was not welcomed by business, and further gold-plating of EU rules can only cost jobs.”
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Mick Jagger denies being World Cup curse and reason for Brazil’s embarrassing defeat
Israel-Gaza crisis: ‘We just want it to end… We don’t deserve to live like this’
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Long term contract role - Electrical Pro...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: You will be working with the support pro...
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: SENIOR SAP FICO...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + benefits: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: This is a...