Call for employment agency code of conduct

Corby Employment Agency Summit is held in the council chamber of the Cube and is being convened by Andy Sawford MP and Corby Borough Council, to discuss the role of employment agencies in the local economy. Pictured with Andy Sawford MP is council leader Tom Beattie.

Corby Employment Agency Summit is held in the council chamber of the Cube and is being convened by Andy Sawford MP and Corby Borough Council, to discuss the role of employment agencies in the local economy. Pictured with Andy Sawford MP is council leader Tom Beattie.

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An MP says he hopes a code of conduct can be set up to tackle the problems associated with some employment agencies.

Andy Sawford was speaking last week at a summit to discuss the issue.

Unions, employers and agencies were among those at the talks.

Mr Sawford said: “I would like us to set up a local watchdog to make sure a code of practice is being followed.

“The attendance today shows most agencies in town want to have a good reputation with employers and local people. This is a big issue for several thousand people in Corby.”

One worker said he was accused of theft by his employers days before completing his probationary period.

Eamonn McGinley, 46, said he was forced out of his job last year and his employment agency had shown no interest in helping him, despite no further action being brought.

He said: “As a father I should be able to provide for my children. I want to work.

“It’s disgusting. Where’s the future for the kids in Corby?”