Code to tackle two-tier workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Local government HR professionals have welcomed a new code of practicedesigned to stop the creation of a two-tier workforce in the provision ofpublic services. Published last week, the code which covers contracts between localauthorities and private companies, will mean new staff will get pay andconditions, including pensions, that are overall “no less favourable”than transferred staff. At present, existing local government staff who transfer to privatecompanies have their pay, conditions and pensions ring-fenced, but new startersdon’t have the same protection. Keith Handley, immediate past president of local government HR group Socpo,welcomed the new code. “Socpo has always supported the Best Value concept of externalcontracts but only on a level playing field basis,” he said. The head of personnel and training at Poole Borough Council, Colin Hague,said the code would prevent private sector firms from making efficiencies inpublic services simply by offering inferior pay and conditions. “It is not appropriate that efficiencies can be achieved throughworsening the terms and conditions of employees working alongside eachother,” he said. The code will be enforceable through a new dispute resolution mechanism tobe finalised over the next six weeks, allowing staff who feel they have beenunfairly treated to seek redress. www.odpm.gov.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Code to tackle two-tier workforceOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more