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2014 TUPE changes

Detrimental TUPE changes came into force early in 2014. Find out more about what these changes mean.  

Detrimental TUPE changes came into force early in 2014. Find out more about what these changes mean.

This is a bitter blow to our members in an increasingly unstable and casualised labour market

TUPE stands for Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations. It protects your pay and conditions of work if your employer changes.

It is increasingly important for our members as NHS services are being rapidly outsourced.

The CSP responded robustly and in detail to the consultation in the early part of 2013. Read the Frontline stories for more information:

The main changes are as follows:
  • Terms and conditions that were agreed through collective bargaining (in partnership with unions) can be varied after a year in the new employer.
  • A change in the location of your new employer is a now valid reason for dismissal.
  • A weakening of consultation rights around redundancy for employees transferring into a new employer.
  • The definition of "service provision change" is being drawn more tightly (although not abolished entirely as we feared it might be).

"Watering down TUPE law means hundreds of thousands of vulnerable workers around the UK will lose out on vital protections at work. This is a deliberate bid by government to make privatisation cheaper and quicker."
TUC reaction - see the full statement

"The CSP is extremely disappointed that these changes to TUPE are being introduced into law so quickly. This is a bitter blow to our members in an increasingly unstable and casualised labour market. The new legislation will encourage bad employers to worsen terms and conditions of employment and dismiss employees after a transfer with impunity."
CSP national officer Jess Belmonte

The new rules also impact directly on low paid and vulnerable workers in sectors such as cleaning, retail and social care where the workforce is predominately female and BME.

Employers must still consult with all affected staff before a TUPE transfer, so if you are affected contact your CSP steward. If you do not have one then call the enquiries team on 020 7306 6666.

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Last revised on

4 February 2014
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