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TRIBUNAL TO DECIDE ON TUPE RULES FOR CONTRACTED CLEANING SERVICES

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An industrial tribunal is to rule today on whether the TUPE rules apply to cleaning services contracted out by publ...
An industrial tribunal is to rule today on whether the TUPE rules apply to cleaning services contracted out by public bodies, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The case is being brought by public sector union Unison involving cleaners who worked for a hospital in Essex. When the cleaning service was contracted out they were dismissed on the Friay and re- employed on the Monday by the contrator company at lower pay.

Unison lawyers say a union win today wuld sit alongside the Eastbourne DC refuse collectors case and would mean all public sector workers were protected by the European regulations

Roger Poole of Unison told Today the European court is clear that TUPE applies to the public sector and the UK was breaking the law by not enforcing it.

But John Hall, director general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association said on the programme that of the union wins, the savings of 25% achieved over the last decade by contracting out will be lost to the public.
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