Revision of the Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Convention (Revised), 1949 (No.96)

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Revision of the Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Convention (Revised), 1949 (No.96)


International Labour Conference, 85th Session, 1997. Report IV (1): Revision of the Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Convention (Revised), 1949 (No. 96). Geneva, 1996. iv + 91 pp. Questionnaire, annexes. 15 Swiss francs. ISBN 92-2-109890-7. ISSN 0074-6681.

This report also concerns an item for discussion in 1997, at the 85th Session of the International Labour Conference. It builds upon the work of the Committee on Private Employment Agencies of the 81st Session of the Conference in 1994. That Committee report, endorsed by the Conference, recommended revision of Convention No. 96, notably with a view to setting "the pattern for response to the dynamics of changing labour-market functions" and establishing general principles to protect: "(i) labour markets against poor and unethical practices; (ii) workers' interests, including whether the stability of industrial relations systems might be affected by some practices of private employment agencies (these principles should consider the concerns of some (but not all) Committee members with regard to triangular employment relations, including contract labour, temporary work agencies and staff-leasing arrangements); (iii) workers recruited in one country for work in another."

This report first examines the contribution of all employment services and other actors -- especially public -- to the functioning of labour markets in the economic and social context of various countries. It also considers the definition of an optimal labour market, taking account of conditions in industrialized and developing countries and in countries in transition to a market economy. …

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