Labour to curb cowboy jobs agencies.
Byline: TORCUIL CRICHTON email@example.com
ED Miliband will today pledge to crack down on rogue job agencies who exploit workers.
He says a Labour government will close an EU legal loophole which allows agency workers to be paid less than permanent staff, sometimes meaning they make less than minimum wage.
And temp agencies who fail to comply could have their licences revoked.
To address concerns about foreign workers undercutting UK wage rates, Labour would also ban agencies recruiting only from abroad.
The promise of action comes after figures showed a record 1.5million people in the UK are employed by agencies.
Miliband said: "I believe the basic bargain of our country is that hard work should be rewarded.
"But too many people face insecurity, exploitation and unfairness at work.
"It will be the mission of the next government to change this."
Miliband added: "We will not tolerate a zero-zero economy where hundreds of thousands are kept on zero-hour contracts while a tiny privileged minority pay zero tax.
"And nor will we tolerate a world of work that is becoming more brutal because of the way some cowboy employment agencies have been allowed to operate."