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The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) has called for the protection of agency workers in the Maghreb at an employers’ forum supported by the International Labour Organization last week.
On 10-11 October, Ciett was invited at the first meeting of the Forum of Employers of Maghreb, gathering the central employer federations of Morocco (CEGEM), Algeria (CGEA), Tunisia (UTICA), and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), to discuss temporary agency work in the region.
The meeting in Casablanca aimed to strengthen the dialogue among employers in the region with Ciett calling “for the need of appropriate regulation to guarantee adequate protection for agency workers.”
It said national governments could create a level playing field of the industry by incorporating the principles of ILO Convention No. 181 on private employment agencies and of the accompanying Recommendation No. 188 in their national legislations.
These conventions recognise the role staffing firms play in the labour market and set out general parameters for the regulation, placement and employment of workers by agencies. It also aims to create clear policies and legislation for the registration and licensing of private employment agencies to eradicate exploitations in the job markets.
Ciett highlighted the contribution of agency work in the labour market, particularly when it comes to job creation, in managing transitions, and converting informal work into “decent” employment.
“The first meeting launching the forum offered a great opportunity for the employers' federations to discuss agency work as an important instrument to enhance competitiveness,” Ciett said.
“In addition, it allowed to map out the key issues and priorities in the labour market and the best ways to address them, laying down the basis for a stronger dialogue among the employers' federations in the region.”