UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector trade union,
is today urging the Government to toughen up the rules protecting
contracted out public sector workers.
The union is supporting an Early Day Motion calling for
the two-tier workforce code to be given wider scope and
tougher powers for enforcement and monitoring.
The union is wanting the code to be updated after a UNISON
survey revealed that two tier workforces – where new
recruits are employed on worse terms and conditions –
were still widespread.
The survey showed some council were not applying the code
and some employers were paying new recruits as much as £2
an hour less. Many staff are also forced to work longer
hours with less annual leave entitlement.
UNISON general secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “The
two-tier workforce code is vital to making sure that unscrupulous
employers cannot use contracting out as an excuse to cut
staff pay and conditions. But some employers are still getting
“This affects low paid women more than any other group.
If the Government is serious about equality, it must reissue
the code with wider scope and tougher powers of enforcement