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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 December 2014

Rail franchise jobs: TUPE or not TUPE?

The "Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)" or TUPE regulations are European Union regulations which offer limited protections to workers when they are transferred from one employer to another.

They basically mean that a new employer must take on the pay and terms and conditions of the workforce at the start of the new contract.

Employers in the rail industry are now apparently able to circumvent these regulations. In the case of the government stake in Eurostar the deal is effectively a share transfer from the government to a private firm so TUPE will not apply.

In the case of the Scotrail franchise, the franchise has gone to a company which does not employ train drivers in Scotland and will therefore subcontract the work to another firm, so TUPE will not apply either.

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In The Socialist 10 December 2014:


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Osborne's savage cuts: No return to the 1930s!

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Europe: a new wave of workers' struggle has begun

Save our NHS

Tenants can resist Scrooge landlords

Climate change: Sacrificing the future

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International socialist news and analysis

Uprising against police violence in the US


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus drivers: Same job - we want the same pay!

1,000 firefighters march to defend Ricky Matthews

Students join Lambeth walkout

Sharpak Yate packaging strike

Rail franchise jobs: TUPE or not TUPE?


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

We have a world to win!

Socialist Students: fight for free education

Election appeal: finding cash to fight the cuts

Campaign news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

The 1914 Christmas truce

Mockingjay: Part One

Broadband giants' expensive battle

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