03 March 2011
Charities pledge support to scheme to improve employment rights of volunteers
More charities have signed up in support of a new set of guidelines aimed at improving employment laws for voluntary workers in the UK.
Nine organisations - including household names such as Cancer Research UK, Citizens Advice and Scope - have pledged their allegiance to Volunteering England's 3R promise, online resource Third Sector reports.
This scheme was first set up in November 2009 in order to enhance the rights of people working in unpaid or voluntary positions in terms of their ability to launch complaints of grievance against their employer.
In signing up to the guidelines, charities are making a guarantee that they will assign one of their trustees the task of being in charge of handling complaints from their volunteers, while also giving workers the right to request an official hearing if they are unhappy with how they have been treated.
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chair of Volunteering England, observed: "This is an important step forward … [and] will ensure that any steps taken are proportionate to need, respect the reciprocity of volunteering and promote parity of esteem between paid and volunteer staff."
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Posted by Daniel Stevens