THOUSANDS of temporary workers across Kirklees will get rights equal to permanent staff following a landmark ruling by the European Union.
The EU agreement means temporary and agency workers in Britain will be entitled to equal treatment with permanent employees on pay and employment conditions after 12 weeks in a job.
General union the GMB said the move would benefit some 107,600 temporary and agency workers in Yorkshire – about 4.7% of the region’s total workforce.
Across the UK, there are more than 1.38m temporary or agency staff accounting for 4.9% of the country’s workforce.
GMB figures showed there were some 7,400 temporary and agency staff in Kirklees.
They represent 4.5% of the district’s workforce.
Kirklees is sixth in the table of 15 local authority areas across Yorkshire for the number of temporary and agency workers.
Leeds tops the regional table with 17,700 agency and temporary staff followed by Sheffield (11,800), Wakefield (9,600), Bradford (9,200) and North Yorkshire (8,300).
Calderdale is 11th in the list with 4,500.
North Lincolnshire has the lowest number with 2,600.
Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary for Yorkshire, said: “Although the agreement does not give us everything we would have liked, it is nevertheless a big step forward for up to 1m temporary workers in the UK.
“This protection is necessary to help offset the exploitation and abuse of temporary and agency workers which has been a stain on the British labour market – with over 1m workers without employment rights and no rate for the job or sick pay, pension or other benefits.”