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ILO Convention on Private Job Agencies Ratified

Translated Friday 30 January 2015, by Gene Zbikowski


On Jan. 22, the French National Assembly ratified the International Labor Organization (ILO) convention regulating private employment agencies, defining their role and mission in matching offers of, and applications for, employment.

“After the adoption of this law, this convention will apply in France. This ratification is confirmation of a writing, into the heart of our law, the entry of private companies into the process of placement of job-seekers,” Jacqueline Fraysse, a Left Front deputy, said in condemnation. Only her parliamentary group voted against ratification.

In December, the government wanted to have the convention ratified without previous consultation of the trade unions. Such consultation has now taken place, but concern remains for Fraysse, who represents the Hauts-de-Seine département, because “free services for job-seekers can now be reassessed” through exemptions, even though there remains “an obligation to consult the trade unions.”

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