The Government hopes proposals to give more protection to employees’ termsand conditions when they are transferred between employers will help overcomeresistance to the involvement of the private sector in the delivery of publicservices. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt told the TUC’s annualconference last week that proposed changes to the Tupe regulations would helpreassure public sector employees that their working conditions will beprotected. “Workers need reassurance that their rights will be safeguarded in thevital process of public sector reform and in business restructuring in theprivate sector. That is why I am announcing proposals for the reform of theTupe arrangements including looking at occupational pensions,” she said. Terry Gorman, former president of Socpo, gave the proposals a cautiouswelcome. He said, “Anything that helps protect the situation for staff whilebusinesses are forging links has to be welcomed.” Gorman is concerned that companies that take over local government servicescould be tempted to shed staff to make cost savings if they cannot do itthrough terms and conditions. Yvonne Bennion, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, thinks thesuggestion in the Tupe consultation document that there could be a differentinterpretation for private- and public-sector staff is a recipe for confusion. Patricia Hewitt’s proposals for Tupe– Measures to better protect occupational pension rights– Greater flexibility when applying Tupe to transfers of insolventbusinesses– Better guidance on the extent of protection against transfer relateddismissals– A legal requirement for the old employer to give the new employer detailsof terms being transferred– More flexibility for employers to change terms and conditions after atransfer if there is a sound economic, technical or organisational reason forthiswww.dti.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Reform safeguards staff rightsOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.