U.K. Fake Construction Agencies run Rampant due to Government Inactivity
Published By : 02 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The Tory-led Coalition has not succeeded to register job agencies, allowing rogue bosses to exploit construction workers while staying out of the government’s radar.
Ministers are clueless regarding the number of unemployment agencies that operate in Britain. They do not have any means to keep the construction industry’s employment rate in check. The construction sector is a fruitful place for controversial practices to be applied.
The UCATT, a construction workers’ union, has unearthed a large number of instances where the government’s inability to take part in the proceedings of employment agencies. Hundreds and thousands of unemployed people depend on these agencies for regular work.
The government has been forced to maintain transparency after the submission of requests under the Freedom of Information Act in order to calculate the growth of employment agencies.
Members from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, said that the employment businesses and agencies that are currently operating in the construction sector are not needed to obtain a license, or even do a formal registration to inform the government of their activities.
Instead of employing workers directly, what most agencies are doing is forcing workers to get employed through umbrella companies. These companies take the workers and even contractors on a self-employed basis.
UCATT has been on the proactive side with campaigns that ask for the extension of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to the different sectors of the construction industry. This would mean stricter actions on agencies, as they will require licensing to operate. The license can be revoked immediately if any discrepancies are found.
The general secretary of UCATT, Steve Murphy, said that there are construction workers in the hundreds of thousands that depend of these agencies for work.