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TENDERING GUIDANCE PUTS COUNCIL STAFF ON SAFER GROUND

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New government guidance to be issued covering compulsive competitive tendering says councils can in some cases reje...
New government guidance to be issued covering compulsive competitive tendering says councils can in some cases reject bids from private contractors which do not intend to use the council's staff for the work, the Financial Times reports (p10).

The guidance covers the application to tendering of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations 1981. Where Tupe regulations apply a successful bidder must take over the workforce on their existing terms and conditions.

If Tupe regulations apply but a bid assumes they do not, a local authority can turn the contractor down even if they are the cheapest.
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