Darien Fenton has gone out to the media attacking modern work practices:
Employers are increasingly using temporary or contract staff in place of permanent positions, according to a new report.
Labour says that’s bad news because the workers have no rights and no defence against arbitrary dismissal.
MP Darien Fenton is citing a report by recruitment agency Hays which says 64 per cent of employers now use temporary or contract staff.
And 18 per cent say they intend increasing their use of those staff.
“Contractors have no employment rights at all, including no minimum wage, no holidays and no rights to protection against unfair dismissal,” Ms Fenton said.
“At its worst, temporary workers are used to replace good, well-paying jobs with agencies who employ workers on minimum wage to do essentially the same work as those they work alongside.”
Ms Fenton says even more disturbing is that some employers admitted using temporary and contract work as a means to assess ongoing employment.
“The 90-day trial period was supposed to provide a way for evaluating suitability of employment, yet employers are continuing to dream up new devices to avoid the obligations of employment law and put the risk back on workers,” she said. Read more »