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DoE URGED TO ACT AGAINST TUPE CONTRACTS

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The government is being urged to take action against local authorities which have suspended tendering because of le...
The government is being urged to take action against local authorities which have suspended tendering because of legal uncertainty over the transfer of undertakings rules, the Financial Times reports (p7).

The pro-privatisation Public and Local Service Efficiency Campaign (Pulse) has accused Environment Secretary Michael Howard of dragging his feet by not taking action against seven councils which have either suspended tendering or else included clauses in contracts stating the TUPE regulations protecting employees will apply. The councils are: Oxfordshire CC, Gillingham BC, Rochdale MBC, Leeds City Council, Leicestershire CC, Lancashire CC and Beverley BC.

The DoE has warned councils that including TUPE in contracts will be regarded as anti-competitive, the FT reports.
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