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CAMDEN BIN MEN SUE GOVERNMENT OVER JOB LOSSES

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Over 100 former refuse collectors, who were made redundant or suffered wage cuts when Camden LBC awarded its refuse...
Over 100 former refuse collectors, who were made redundant or suffered wage cuts when Camden LBC awarded its refuse contract to a private company, are suing the government over its failure to enforce the EC Acquired Rights Directive.

The Hampstead & Highgate Express (p2) reports that Camden awarded its street cleaning and refuse collection contract to Onyx UK in 1991 and that many employees were made redundant or retained on less favourable terms and conditions.

The bin men claim that the government did not properly enforce the EC's Acquired Rights Directive, which exists to protect employees in the event of a take-over, and should therefore compensate those workers who were affected by the transfer. Their case is supported by their union, Unison.

The paper indicates that recent test cases in the European Court have undermined the former government's assumption that the directive does not apply to local authority services.

A victory for the bin men could have significant consequences for the whole of the public sector.
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