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World – Staffing industry pledges worker protection at UN meeting

04 December 2012

Representatives from the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) will this week attend the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights to once again pledge the commitment of the staffing industry to provide “decent work” and follow fundamental rights at work.

“Private employment services make a positive contribution to the labour market, supporting people throughout their career journey,” said Denis Pennel, managing director at Ciett.

“People are the lifeblood of our work, which is why in May this year the industry committed to achieve a series of ambitious pledges that, amongst other things, will see us support 280 million people in their job life and help 75 million young people enter the labour market.

“We’re confident that, through the work of our members, our industry can be a driving force in helping to eradicate human rights abuses and providing decent work.”

Ciett has also called on governments to implement a regulatory environment to ensure employment and staffing firms can operate and protect workers.  It wants the support of unions to regulate staffing markets by encouraging countries to adopt the ILO convention on employment agencies.

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