Headlines: July 9th, 1999

A draft statement of practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector has been published and consultation will continue for three months. The aim of the document is to give greater certainty about jobs and existing terms and conditions when staff move to the private sector.

The essence of the draft statement is that staff transferring under Public Private Partnership deals will be able to do so under the presumption that the protection of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) – “TUPE” – Regulations will apply.

The statement of practice will apply to Government departments and agencies and it is intended that it will also apply to the NHS. The Local Government Association has endorsed the principles set out in the Statement and will be encouraging their adoption by individual local councils.