Equality inquiry launched

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a questionnaire to start evidence-gathering for its inquiry into meat and poultry processing.

The Commission is looking into the employment and recruitment practices of the meat processing industry and says it seeks to identify differences in pay and conditions between agency and temporary workers and employees with permanent or directly employed status.

Inquiry lead commissioner Neil Wooding said: Were launching this questionnaire because we want to fully understand how employment and recruitment works in this sector.

We need to be aware of the opportunities and constraints that affect the use of labour in the sector, the pressures faced in the current economic climate and the sectors good practice in recruiting and deploying staff.

The questionnaire is being sent out on 23 July (today) and needs to be completed by 21 August. It will be available to complete electronically.

Wooding added: In order to make practical and meaningful recommendations, we are engaging with employers, labour providers and their representatives and listening to their views and experiences.

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