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REC on the Road in East region

REC on the Road in East region

The Recruitment and Employment Confederations Chief Executive Kevin Green and Director of External Relations Tom Hadley will be embarking on the first of a series of regional road shows next week during which they will meet members and discuss with them issues they face in the current economic climate.

REC on the Road visits Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Peterborough on Tuesday and Wednesday (February 24 and 25). Eight more road shows will be staged throughout the UK in the next ten months.

At the meetings Kevin Green will speak about the RECs forthcoming plans and what they will mean for the RECs members, in this instance, the 797 corporate and 607 individual members in the East region.

He will also launch a package of new initiatives which is designed to help members survive and thrive in the current recession. This will include the publication of two new research reports and details about a series of Beat the Recession seminars.

He will also seek their views and opinions on other matters which are important to their businesses.

Tom Hadley will update members on European and UK public policy. This will include the EUs Agency Workers Directive which will give agency workers equal treatment to permanent staff after 12 weeks into an assignment.

On behalf of members, the REC has been spearheading a campaign on the Directive which culminated last week in the presentation of a series of recommendations to Government on how best the new regulations can be implemented with minimum impact on the industry both for recruiters and employers.

Kevin Green commented: As the voice of the recruitment industry, our pledge to members is to keep them informed of any developments which may affect their businesses. In the current recession, the last thing we want is new legislation to be introduced which could be detrimental to them.

This is why we have been campaigning on the Directive and also the removal of the Staff Hire Concession, which will mean VAT could be charged from April 1 this year on agency workers being supplied to key sectors such as further education, healthcare and charities.

This new tax on jobs could mean another 150,000 jobs being put at risk at a time when the economy can least afford it, Kevin Green added.


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