a little birdy has just informed me that the old part time royal irish have just won a case regarding casual workers rights against the govt. this was brought on the back of kent parttime fire service winning theirs. i haven't all the detail yet but will persevere if needed. in essence it comes down to casual worker holiday pay, the royal irish are getting theirs back dated to 2000, and their rights under european law: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/EmploymentContractsAndConditions/DG_10027916 Worker This is a broader category than 'employees' but normally excludes those who are self-employed. A worker is any individual who works for an employer, whether under a contract of employment, or any other contract where an individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services. Workers are entitled to core employment rights and protections. The following groups of people are likely to be workers but not employees: most agency workers short term casual workers some freelancers The basics of holiday rights There is a minimum right to paid holiday, but your employer may offer more than this. The main things you should know about holiday rights are: you are entitled to a minimum of 4.8 weeks (from 1 October 2007) kent fire service won their bid: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4762326.stm now, i'm not bringing up the whole pensions thing again or trying to get money for nothing, but more just attempting to find out what rights the ta do or should actually have under our laws (european or british) as casual workers, as these must also change under the new temporary/ agency worker rulings. do we have a case?