Temp agencies need to be reigned in and reformed
I was chatting with a buddy of mine last night over a couple of beers, and he was telling me that he's been a temp at his company for 8 months. He told me that some of his co-workers have been temps going on 2yrs! I was taken aback. At what point does the word, "temp" become meaningless?
We need clear definitions of what this industry's role is in Canada. There needs to be time limits set on how long the relationship between agency and employee persists before a company decides to piss or get off the pot. The company in question is very successful, and is quite generous with bonuses to their management staff, so it's not an issue of them needing the money more than the employees working on the floor.
My buddy told me his morale is pretty much zilch, and there is almost no incentive for him to go above and beyond his job description, aside from getting fired - but because this company has retention issues with floor workers, it's doubtful that would happen.
I have a few ideas...
- Put a 6 month expiry date on non-compete contracts between employees and temp agencies. Employees should be able to openly negotiate full-time employment after that date without worrying about their job.
- Clearly define the service being offered by the temp agency and scrutinize the terms. If they are recruiting and interviewing, then they should do that. If they are filling a hole in short-term labour, then they should do that. I recognize the value in the services they offer, but acting as middle-man, in order to exploit loopholes to deny employees benefits, raises and job security is not a viable industry in a 1st world country, or any country for that matter.
- Agencies should be paid a flat fee, and not leech off the backs of the workers. The goal should be to facilitate relationships between employees and employers, not to form and endless parasitic relationship wedged between two parties.
I'm open to further suggestions.
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