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World – Ciett wants union support to regulate staffing industry

30 October 2012

The International Confederation of Private Employment agencies (Ciett) today confirmed that Israel and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have both ratified ILO Convention No. 181 on private employment agencies which help to regulate the staffing markets in the countries.

The convention paves the way for recruitment agencies to be legally recognised and establishes protection for temporary workers from exploitation. It also prohibits the use of charging fees to workers in exchange for recruitment services.

Ciett has welcomed the recent ratifications and has called on the support of trade unions to encourage more countries in adopting the convention. This, it said, will achieve “appropriate regulation” of the staffing industry.

Many emerging staffing markets have, so far, failed to recognise the convention which can lead to the proliferation of rogue operators who fail to pay their fair share of tax and social charges and also fail to observe health and safety rules.  

“ILO Convention 181 on Private Employment Agencies is an important tool in developing an appropriate regulatory framework for private employment services. It enables the industry to play its important role as intermediary and employer in labour markets and offers protection to workers,” said Ciett President, Fred van Haasteren.

He called on key stakeholders, including trade unions, to work with Ciett and the ILO in order to implement “a minimum standard of regulation for private employment agencies.”

Within the next five years, Ciett members have also pledged to aid job creation and tackle youth unemployment on a global level. 

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