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New Guidance for Meat Processors on Employment

25 October 2011

UK - The British meat and poultry processing industries are getting to grips with new measures for good practice in the treatment of employees.

Meat processing companies, labour providers and leading food retailers have jointly developed guidance to good practices that address the findings and recommendations of the 2010 inquiry report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on recruitment and employment in the meat processing industry.

The guidance, which takes into account the entry into force of the Agency Workers Regulations on 1 October 2011, sets out recruitment and employment practices which meat processing companies should aspire to and actively seek to apply.

The guidelines have ben drawn up jointly by the retailers ASDA, Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose, the British Meat Processors Association memebers and members of teh British Poultry Council and members of the Association of Labour Providers.

The BMPA said it will promote the guidelines to its member companies.

Stephen Rossides, Director of the BMPA, said: “This is a very positive and concrete outcome of positive collaborative work over several months.

"We will urge BMPA member companies to adopt these practices, which will help to ensure fair and proper treatment of all workers, while retaining the ability of companies to flexibly manage their workforce in line with their business circumstances and their customers’ requirements.”

The guidance notes have ben drawn up following a statutory inquiry into recruitment and employment practices in the meat and poultry processing industry in England and Wales by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) between 2008 and 2010.

The guidelines will be reviewed – along with additional guidance on interpretation – after a year to assess the effectiveness of the guidance in light of new legislation, such as the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

The recommended management practices in the guidance were:

  • To protect workers from discrimination
  • To raise awareness of employment rights
  • To help workers raise issues of concern
  • To promote integration and cohesion
  • To promote a safe workplace
  • To reduce job insecurity
  • To promote regular employment

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