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The Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) announced today that Aart van der Gaag, who has served as Director of ABU since 2000, has retired. His replacement has been announced as Jurriën Koops, who has worked with ABU since 2002.
Under the leadership of Mr van der Gaag, ABU has become heavily involved in the development of the staffing industry. The organisation worked in collaboration with the trade unions, to establish collective bargaining agreements. It has helped set up the Foundation of Training and Development for the staffing industry and is currently working to tackle illegal and rogue elements within the industry.
Mr Koops commented: “Aart has a great passion for this industry, he understands, better than anyone, the art of connecting and putting the temporary employment sector on the map. Thanks to our many collaborations, I can confidently take the reins from him.”
“There have been many achievements, bet there are also new challenges for the industry; such as reversing the negative image of flexi staffing that has had a negative effect on the price of temporary staff. The need for flexibility in the labour market in increasing and is not limited to the staffing industry. Other forms of flexible work are gaining ground. ABU will continue to broaden and promote the interests of other forms of flexible work,” Mr Koops added.
Aart van der Gaag’s association with ABU will continue, however, when he assumed the position of ABU board chairman from Hans Kamp on the 19 May 2014.