A rather frustrating article this week in the Guardian Newspaper was the story of Abdul Bakhsh. Like many outsourced workers in the country, Abdul feels exploited by outsourcing companies who provide the legal minimum in terms of working conditions and benefits.
Abdul believes there is a subtle apartheid at work that divides the staff and discriminates against himself and his colleagues, despite their longevity of service. Academics and administrators who work directly for the University of London, get holiday, sick pay, a substantial employer contribution to a good pension and an incremental salary scale; however, outsourced workers do no. This discrimination, in his opinion stems from the practice of outsourcing.
Abdul and his fellow outsourced colleagues are demanding the same rights as the directly employed University of London employees in terms of equality of sick pay, holidays and pensions, as part of the 3 Cosas Campaign. And who could blame him?
IS THE PRACTICE OF OUTSOURCING THE ROOT CAUSE?
Abdul seems pretty convinced and we accept that the majority outsourcing companies provide the vast majority of their employees with the legal minimum in terms of working conditions and benefits. However, not all companies are the same. When we started Tatry Group, we took out mission seriously:
…ensures a fair deal and excellent experience for all our stakeholders
We are advocates of treating our employees well and they will treat the client well thought process. Our solution to this industry wide problem is legislation that will force clients and contractors to offer the same benefits for outsourced staff as they do their own.
IT’S JUST BUSINESS
This is the usual answer from many agencies. The typical excuse for offering minimum wage, working conditions and benefits is that the clients do not pay enough. However, these contractor’s all aim to undercut to win business. While it may bring short term financial benefits to these companies. It’s the service and the employees that will suffer. Long term, its unstainable and bad for the reputation of the agency. That’s why at Tatry Group, we remain competitive whilst prioritising service quality.
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Guardian Newspaper: link to story