UNISON believes case has huge significance for public servants transferred to private sector


The long-running case of 24 public servants who missed out on pay rises after being transferred to a private company has gone to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

UNISON is arguing the workers, who were transferred from the London Borough of Lewisham to Parkwood Leisure, have the right to continue to benefit from nationally agreed pay and terms set by the local government pay negotiations.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, said: “We are taking our fight for fairness all the way to Luxembourg because we believe that we have a strong case. Under TUPE regulations, Parkwood employees transferred from the London Borough of Lewisham should be entitled to nationally agreed pay rises.

“This is an important case that will have implications for the thousands of workers that have been transferred out of the public sector or are set to be transferred. This is especially important in the current climate.”

The Advocate-General’s opinion in this seven-year long case is expected on January 31st 2012.


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