Employment agencies and employers were invited to sign up to a new code of practice at a launch event at the Corby Cube this morning (Friday, October 18).
MP Andy Sawford and Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said they were inviting agencies to join a code which would make Corby a great place to run a business.
The code sets out standards for employment agencies, employers who use agency staff and agency workers themselves.
Among the items in the code are pledges to communicate with staff, ensure health and safety provisions have been made, operate with integrity and provide a safe working environment.
Cllr Beattie said: “This came about because Andy and I met on a regular basis who have had bad experiences with the treatment they have received while being employed by agencies.
“This is not about hitting agencies around the head with a stick, it’s about agency workers being able to receive rights at work which all people at work should expect to receive.”
Mr Sawford said at least three employment agencies were signing up to the code today, as well as RS Components, which is Corby’s biggest employer.
He added: “I hope other agencies find that we have set up a sensible code, one that there is no good reason not to sign up to.”
Mr Sawford said a panel is now being established which will initially meet on a quarterly basis to monitor the code’s progress.
He added: “If we receive complaints about agencies, they will be contacted and given the opportunity to respond.”
Chris Davie, from RS Components, said signing up to the code and valuing temporary staff was a sensible approach for employers.
He added: “We believe that the way to get the best results is to drive the people who work for us. We find that we get back the commitment that we put in to our people.”
The first three agencies to sign the pledge were Best Connections, Interaction Recruitment and PMP Recruitment.
Mr Sawford and Cllr Beattie spoke to Telegraph reporter Michael Whelan in the video, above.