Institute of Directors hails agency workers re-think

John Rider, West Midlands chairman of the Institute of Directors, has praised the Government’s decision to reconsider its approach to the implementation of the Agency Workers Directive.

He said: “Any easing or watering down of this sort of stifling legislation is to be welcomed.

“With both the UK and West Midlands economy in such a fragile state now is not the moment for another knock to business confidence.

“The IoD has long argued that vital improvements can be made by stripping away the unnecessary gold-plating in these regulations. We urge the Government to look again at the advice that the IoD received from the European Commission in 2009, which stated that the rules only need apply to businesses with binding pay scales and collective agreements.”