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The Spanish association of temporary staffing agencies (Fedett) has defended the staffing industry after local media reported of alleged cases of labour exploitation in the agricultural sector. The association warned that staffing firms should not be “demonised.”
A left-wing party, Izquierda Unida, last week accused some staffing companies of exploiting field workers hired by recruiters. It claimed that those agricultural workers earned less than they were entitled to.
Fedett responded in a statement that staffing firms should not be denounced. Left-wing parties in several countries, including Germany, are known for their hostile stance towards temporary agency work which they label as “precarious.”
The association said the staffing industry played an integral part in the labour market, offering employment to thousands of people. It said that for many workers, temporary employment offers the only income to families. Spanish unemployment continues to rise with many people increasingly looking abroad to find jobs.
Fedett president Luis Miguel Carmona emphasised that staffing firms are keen to end malpractices in the industry and stop cases of labour exploitation. Black sheep do not represent the entire industry, he warned, and therefore the staffing industry should not be collectively demonised.