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ST ALBANS PRESSED ON TUPE BLOCK

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Unison has joined forces with the Public Contractors Associations to force St Albans DC to protect the employment r...
Unison has joined forces with the Public Contractors Associations to force St Albans DC to protect the employment rights of its former staff.

The dispute concerns 17 building maintenance workers who face redundancy because their current employer, MRS, has lost the council's contract (LGC, 4 April).

But because of the way the new contract has been let the council says TUPE does not apply.

It wants MRS, which says the staff should transfer to the new contractors under the same terms and conditions, to pay the redundancy costs of the workers - understood to total £180,000.

Regional Unison officials have now joined forces with the PCA, the trade body which represents MRS, in calling for talks with the council.

'St Albans should stop pointing the finger at MRS and sit down and work out an acceptable solution,' said Unison eastern region officer Willy White.

He said the dispute would go to an industrial tribunal if a solution was not agreed.

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