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TUPE RULES DO NOT APPLY TO CONTRACT WORK FINDS TRIBUNAL

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An industrial tribunal today ruled against 107 cleaners who suffered a pay cut when the hospital service they worke...
An industrial tribunal today ruled against 107 cleaners who suffered a pay cut when the hospital service they worked for was contracted out.

Unison, the public sector union had brought the case after cleaners at Orsett hospital, Basildon, Essex, were dismissed on a Friday and re-employed on the Monday by the contractor company at lower pay.

The tribunal, held in London, decided that EC rules did not apply to work put out to tender.

John Hall, director general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association was pleased with the ruling but said: 'This is not the end of the total problem. I don't believe this judgement will be accepted and the case is likely to go to the European Court of Justice.'

The tribunal gave Unison leave to appeal against the decision.
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