Commenting on the indication from the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement that he will consult on the use of umbrella companies which are leading to the exploitation of agency workers, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ Union said:
“In an otherwise bleak Autumn Statement a tiny glimmer of light emerged for the thousands of agency workers, including supply teachers, who are an important and essential resource for schools.
“Following intense campaigning and lobbying by the NASUWT and UCATT, the Coalition Government appears to have finally recognised the need to examine the issue of agencies using umbrella companies to deprive workers of their rights and entitlements.
“The announcement by the Chancellor that he will review umbrella companies is a very small step in the right direction. Unfortunately it will not bring an immediate end to the misery of exploitation supply teachers and other workers endure.
“The NASUWT will press for this review and consultation to be completed urgently so that the necessary steps can be taken to end these unacceptable practices.”
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