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ACC CONF: UNISON WANTS STAFF PROTECTION PACKAGE

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If reorganisation goes ahead, Unison would press for a package of measures to protect staff, the union's assistant ...
If reorganisation goes ahead, Unison would press for a package of measures to protect staff, the union's assistant general secretary Keith Sonnet told delegates at the Association of County Councils annual conference in Leicester today.

The union would also be prepared to challenge in court any decisions to make staff redundant because of reorganisation.

Unison would press for a national and mandatory compensation package with a ceiling of more than 66 weeks' pay, long-term protection for staff taking worse jobs and guaranteed transfer of all staff under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations.

To achieve such protection, Mr Sonnet advocated the development of transfer procedures which were 'robust and comprehensive'.

Employers and unions should develop national agreements to underpin and implement Staff Commission guidance, he said.

Unison believed reorganisation was flawed and should be stopped, said Mr Sonnet. The government's plans would not enhance local democracy, would fail to protect councils' ability to deliver services and did not ensure a fair deal for staff.

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