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Commission requests Denmark to implement rules on protection for temporary workers

24/10/2012 A man working on a train

The European Commission has requested Denmark to implement EU legislation that guarantees a minimum level of protection to temporary agency workers (Directive 2008/104/EC) into its national law.

The Directive ensures equal treatment for temporary agency workers with the permanent staff of the relevant company as regards basic working and employment conditions. It also supports the positive role played by temporary agency work in providing flexibility in the labour market.

The deadline for Member States to implement the Directive was 5 December 2011. However, Denmark has still not done so. As a result temporary agency workers in Denmark may be denied the guaranteed working conditions to which they are entitled under the Directive.

The request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Denmark now has two months to notify the Commission of measures taken to implement the Directive. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer Denmark to the EU's Court of Justice.

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