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The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) organised yesterday a roundtable event in Singapore to promote decent work in south-east Asia. The discussions centred on the current working conditions in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Representatives from the staffing industries in these countries attended the event, as well as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the global trade union UNI-Global, and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).
Common ground and a common understanding was quickly established among all participants with regard to the role of private employment services in promoting decent recruitment. To underline the importance of what was discussed, a declaration was agreed and signed. The declaration states that Ciett and its stakeholders need to work together to:
- Ratify and/or implement the main principles from ILO Convention 181 on private employment agencies with an emphasis on implementing regulation that prohibits asking fees from workers.
- Introduce and ensure the consistent application of industry self-regulation based on the CIETT Code of Conduct.
- Provide information and data on private employment services in order to develop a better understanding of the role of private employment services play in the labour market.
Ciett and the national federations in the target countries will continue to intensify their cooperation, with the intention of them joining Ciett in the foreseeable future. The relationship with stakeholders in the region; such as the ILO, UNI-Global and the IOE, will continue to be at the forefront of their attention.