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AGREEMENT REACHED ON STAFF TRANSFER

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The Staff Commission has welcomed the agreement reached by employers and trade unions on the transfer of staff foll...
The Staff Commission has welcomed the agreement reached by employers and trade unions on the transfer of staff following local government reorganisation.

The key principle underlying the agreement is that all employees should have a job with a new authority should they want one.

The need for such an agreement, which has been drawn up under the framework of the National Joint Councils, was prompted by the commission's refusal to completely back the concept of 100% transfer.

In a letter to the three NJC secretaries, Charles Nolda for the employers, Dennis Reed of Unison and Mick Graham of the GMB, chairman Alan Atherton this week reiterated the commission's view that all successor authorities were entitled to transfer any staff who wanted a post, but that it can not be assumed that they will do so.

'In the Staff Commission's view it is neither possible nor desirable to anticipate the decisions of democratically elected councils which do not yet exist,' he says.
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