Andrew Miller MP backs ATSCo position
Andrew Miller MP backs ATSCo position at House of Commons reception as TWD passes crucial EU vote
House of Commons event attended by over 150 ATSCo members
The Chairman of the House of Commons Regulatory Reform Committee, which aims to ensure any regulation passed in the UK is appropriate, has thrown his full weight behind the campaign by the Association of Technology Staffing Companies (ATSCo) to exclude professional workers who operate through personal service or umbrella companies from the new legislation.
Andrew Miller MP fully endorsed the ATSCo lobbying position at a House of Commons reception (06/10/08) organised by ATSCo and attended by over 150 delegates. The event was sponsored by Jim Dowd MP, who praised the professionalism of ATSCo members in his introductory address.
Andrew Miller MP also referred to the Committee Stage of his private members bill earlier this year which aimed to introduce domestic legislation to protect agency workers, and said that he, along with the other members, appreciated the need to separate highly skilled, highly paid professional workers who operate as contractors from low paid temporary workers who are potentially vulnerable to exploitation.
He went on to say that he was highly appreciative of the advice ATSCo had given him on his Private Members Bill and that he hoped the dialogue between ATSCo and the Regulatory Reform Committee would continue to be mutually beneficial.
The TWD passed a crucial vote in European Parliament Employment Committee on October 7th 2008, taking it a step closer to implementation in the UK.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive, ATSCo, comments: Shaping the TWD into a form that will not damage the high-end professional staffing sector has been a huge campaign for ATSCo over the last few years. We are not out of the woods yet, but this is a huge step forward. It is deeply satisfying to get such an endorsement from one of the key legislators who will be working on the UK legislation.