Previous Article Next Article Agency staff working in the public sector have won ‘significant new rights’to join statutory occupational pension schemes, following a decision in theEuropean Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ judgment centred on the case of Debra Allonby, a lecturer sacked byAccrington and Rossendale College in 1996, and re-employed through agencyEducation Lecturing Services. Allonby claimed she was entitled to the same pay as a male lecturer directlyemployed by the college, and that the teachers’ pension scheme discriminatedagainst her by excluding self-employed lecturers. The ECJ ruled against her unequal pay claim, but said the Government’sarrangements – which prevent agency teachers joining the pension scheme – mayhave to be overturned if they indirectly discriminate against women. NATFHE, the university and college lecturers’ union which backed Allonby’scase, said the decision was a significant victory that moves employment rightsforward for agency teachers. Paul Mackney, general secretary, said: “The Government must now actquickly to comply with European legislation and extend full pension and otherrights to all agency teachers.” Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: “Hopefully this will gosome way to curtail the public sector practice of sacking workers only tore-employ them as agency staff on worse pay, pension and otherconditions.” Barber added that the decision highlighted the need for the Government tolift its block on the EU Temporary Agency Worker Directive, which could end instancesof unfavourable pay and conditions for agency workers. Public sector staff win rights for statutory pension schemeOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.