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Comments from APSCo

Comments from APSCo on the announcement at the Conservative Party Conference to delay implementation of the Agency Workers Directive until December 2011

Jonathan Djanogly MP, the Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Solicitor General, said at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday (06/10/09): I can announce today that were starting a campaign against the early implementation of the Agency Workers Directive.

This Directive is going to cost British business some 40 billion over the next ten years and lead to tens of thousands of unemployed.

We should not be destroying jobs as Labour wants to destroy these jobs, we should want to be creating jobs, which is why we will be opposing the implementation of this Directive early

Ann Swain, Chief Executive, of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), comments:

"We welcome this announcement. This was something APSCo called for in its submission to the consultation. A serious concern we have is that this legislation will be rushed into law without sufficient consideration which, given the costs it will impose on UK plc, could be disastrous. Delaying until late 2011 will allow time to ensure we get this legislation right."

"The employment market is in a very fragile state currently. Imposing onerous red tape at this point could add to unemployment. Delaying until 2011 when the outlook for UK jobs should be improving could help minimise the adverse impact this legislation will have."


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