REC continues to seek answers from de Poel over Tempo Agency Club
The REC is pushing hard for answers to concerns raised by its members about proposals by de Poel Ltd for its Tempo Agency Club. The REC has twice written to de Poel Ltd outlining the issues our members have with these proposals but to date de Poel has not been able to resolve these legitimate concerns. A meeting arranged for last week was also cancelled at short notice. Outlining the issues he wanted to discuss in person with de Poel, REC chief executive Kevin Green says:
"Our members have real concerns about being asked to pay for an auditing service which de Poel should provide on behalf of its clients from the margin they charge them. Our members are clear that they don't have any problem being audited but they don't understand why the client is not paying for this activity.
"A number of members have also told us they are worried about whether they will be able to continue supplying via de Poel if they do not agree to pay the fees needed to join Tempo or for the additional audit.
"There is also a concern about conflicts of interest inherent in de Poel acting as a kind of representative body for both recruiters and end users while having a commercial relationship with both parties. Our members are also questioning the independence of the advice and guidance available as part of the Tempo offering for the same reason.
"We hope to meet with de Poel soon to have a proper discussion about our members' concerns and to get some clarity on this new proposition. In the meantime, we are seeking legal advice on the matter.
"Whilst we are seeking clarity from de Poel in response to REC members' concerns, ultimately each member must make their own commercial decision as to which organisations they join or products and services they purchase."