ICTU hails EU Agency Workers Directive as 'major step'

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is welcoming a deal on the new EU Agency Workers Directive as a 'major step forward'.

The EU member states have struck an agreement that will give agency workers the same pay and entitlements as are granted to a company's permanent workers.

The deal must first be ratified by the European Parliament before it is transposed into Irish legislation by the Dáil.

Business group ISME has labelled the move 'crazy' and said the directive will lead to excessive bureaucracy.

However, ICTU General Secretary David Begg said that the deal is the result of many years of hard negotiation and will improve workers' lives.

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