TUC publishes rights information for vulnerable workers

The TUC has published advice on employment rights for part-time, temporary and low-paid workers and union representatives.

The TUC has published advice on employment rights for part-time, temporary and low-paid workers and union representatives.

The advice comes in the form of a series of newsletters. The TUC says vulnerable workers "can suffer because they do not know their rights at work, and it can be difficult to move from insecure work into better paid permanent jobs. They can struggle to get their rights enforced and often fall through gaps in employment law, which means they do not enjoy decent minimum standards at work".

Enforcing Minimum Workplace Rights and Bargaining for More is published by the TUC’s Union Modernisation Fund (UMF) Vulnerable Workers Project (VWP) and contains information on issues such as how to secure the national minimum wage, and an update on new equal treatment rights for agency workers which will apply from October 2011.

In February, the VWP will launch a new website outlining the basic employment rights for different categories of vulnerable workers.

TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: "Vulnerable workers often find themselves working excessively long hours, sometimes with no contract of employment. Their work can be insecure and they are regularly paid below the minimum wage.

"Unions have a successful track record in stopping rogue employers from exploiting vulnerable workers. This newsletter gives union reps some practical tips to deliver support for vulnerable workers and help them secure a fair deal at work."





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