Steve Secures Commitment for Debate on Umbrella Companies

(December 04, 2014)

Steve on Umbrella Company March

Walton MP and former brickie Steve Rotheram MP has secured an assurance from the government that they will take the issue of umbrella companies seriously and will consider a full parliamentary debate on the matter.

Last week Steve chaired a joint UCATT and Unite the Union lobby in parliament on the issue and promised the hundreds of workers present he would ask serious questions of the government.

Speaking outside the chamber of the House of Commons Steve explained, “Umbrella Companies are ripping off construction workers and deliberately using loopholes in employment law to reduce workers’ salaries. It’s totally wrong and demonstrates how working class people are still being left behind and exploited.

“I know thousands of construction workers are affected by complicated payslips that deduct part of their hourly wage for absolutely no good reason. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced in his Autumn Statement that he is aware of this and willing to look at it.

“Today I asked William Hague to make time available in the parliamentary calendar for MPs to debate this. I know umbrella company tactics are being deployed in the care sector and even some supply teachers are seeing their wages docked by the unscrupulous use of these companies.

“I hope parliament gets time to debate this issue before it dissolves for the general election”.

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