Agency workers – know your rights: a refreshing phone box campaign
For months I have been irritated by the DWP benefit fraud campaign that features on the phone box outside my flat. The implication that the DWP spotlight is just waiting to expose me & my fellow local residents as benefit cheats living lives of luxury at the state’s expense is unfair – it makes everyone who lives around it feel targeted, as well as failing to recognise the desperate circumstances in which most people work cash in hand.
However in a refreshing new strategy BERR are providing a counterpoint – the phone boxes of South London are now also making it clear that working people deserve fair treatment from employment agencies and that unscrupulous employers should not expect to get away with illegal exploitation. Of course there’s far more that agency workers need than a new advertising campaign – the speedy introduction of new equal treatment rights and an overhaul of employment status legislation would do to start with – but in the interm hopefully a few more working people will be able to get some support from the state rather than being villified by it.