EU Council reaches agreement on principles of Agency Workers Directive

On the 10th June, the EU Council  agreed points of principle as to the content of the proposed Agency Workers Directive. Fundamentally it was agreed that the entitlement for agency workers to have comparable rights to regular employees of the end user shall apply from day one of an assignment in terms of pay, leave and maternity leave. However it was also agreed that member states can derogate from this period, by allowing a longer qualifying period and no upper limit was set for that qualifying period. Additional points agreed include (a)    temporary agency workers to be informed about permanent employment opportunities in the user enterprise (b)    equal access to collective facilities (canteen, child care facilities, transport service) (c)    Member States have to improve temporary agency workers access to training and child care facilities in periods BETWEEN their assignments so to increase their employability (d)    Member States have to ensure penalties for non-compliance by…