direction', said T&G national organiser Jack Dromey following the
publication by the government of the consultation paper on the amending of
the 20-year old Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
on and after transfer,' Mr Dromey said.
'The government's proposals are not the answer to all of our prayers. They
are not a guarantee of full protection for the lifetime of a contract. They
do represent, however, welcome progress, warts and all. There is one
serious omission, and that is the failure to propose a pre-determination
procedure that would enable workers to go to an employment tribunal to sort
out who is their employer before a contract is signed. Never again should
workers be left in limbo.'
There will now be a three-month consultation process on the government's
proposals. The outcome, Mr Dromey said, must be 'a stronger and clearer
TUPE, leaving less scope for unscrupulous employers, and the extension of
TUPE to protect the pension rights of all workers, public and private.'