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MEMO/11/876

Brussels, 5 December 2011

Statement by László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on the coming into force of the 2008 Temporary Agency workers Directive.

Speaking in Brussels, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion welcomed the coming into force of the 2008 Temporary Agency workers Directive. He said:

"These new rules will help to improve the working conditions of temporary agency workers across the EU and will support, at the same time, the positive role they play in providing flexibility in the labour market".

He added: "From today, all temporary agency workers, of which there are more than 3 million in Europe, will benefit from equal treatment on basic working and employment conditions (pay, working time, overtime, breaks, rest periods, night work and holidays) unless national social partners have agreed otherwise. The new Directive strikes, I believe, the right balance between fairness and flexibility".

The Commissioner stressed the importance of the new rules saying: "Europe is going through difficult times with massive pressures on its economies. However ensuring a certain degree of security as well as flexibility in the workplace is crucial to our long-term prosperity and competitiveness. Despite the ongoing crisis, we have to tackle the increase in precarious firms of work and cannot weaken our resolve in working towards our commonly agreed Europe 2020 goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth".


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