Examination of Witnesses (Questions 200
MONDAY 29 OCTOBER 2001
200. Briefly, if possible.
(Mr Moss) It was always part of the
201. It came from the Trust.
(Mr Moss) It came from the Trust. It was always part
of the negotiating agenda. We have been accused of saying a lot
of nasty things about the Trust but let me put on record the fact
that we have negotiated with the Trust some first rate protection
for our members, a two year guarantee of no redundancy written
into the contract; a five year guarantee of no reduction in conditions
written into the contract. The PFC, Patient Focused Care was a
key part of those negotiations and it meant that far fewer of
our members were transferred, so there was a congruity between
the Trust's agenda and our own agenda, that has not been our problem
with the Trust.
202. Have you found there to be a problem with
union recognition amongst transferred staff, not just of this
Trust but in the region generally?
(Mr Moss) Not within this Trust because it was TUPE-ed
condition where we negotiated a first rate recognition deal.
203. Was it always a TUPE-ed recognition.
(Mr Weeks) The NHS executive guidance does go slightly
beyond what TUPE-ed required. We think that is very positive and
it has enabled the industrial relations consequences of transfer
to be handled in a much more positive way than might otherwise
have been the case and we do welcome that.
Chairman: Can I thank you.