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UNISON RAISES THE ALARM OVER CHANGES TO ACQUIRED RIGHTS DIRECTIVE

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The rights of millions of workers facing privatisation in the private sector would be undermined by changes to the ...
The rights of millions of workers facing privatisation in the private sector would be undermined by changes to the Acquired Rights Directive agreed yesterday by the European social affairs council warned UNISON.

Head of local government Keith Sonnet said: 'If the government's proposals for best value and quality local authority services are to become a reality, they will need to be based on quality employment conditions and remove the fear of transfers, creating a level playing field between the public and private sector.

'We believe that these changes will only increase uncertainty surrounding transfers and widen the scope for unhelpful litigation around the definition of an undertaking, reinforcing the uncertainty generated by European case law. They will also serve to undermine the position of our members facing reorganisation of local authority functions.

'Many of our members, particularly part-time women workers in manual jobs, have suffered severe cuts to terms and conditions under CCT and when contracts have been transferred to the private sector.'

UNISON local government members will debate an emergency motion at their annual conference in Bournemouth on June 15 calling on changes to the Directive and the UK TUPE Regulations to strengthen not weaken the position of members facing transfers and contracting out.
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