Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Outsourcing & Redundancy

It's not uncommon, despite the protection of the TUPE regulations, for employers to be motivated by cost-cutting to consider outsourcing parts of their workforce.

According to reports on silicon.com and on ZDnet, Shell has tried to "interpret" a relatively favourable redundancy deal as not covering IT workers before proposing to outsource up to 3,200 of them to AT&T, EDS and T-Systems. Doubtless the new employers would be very grateful to receive staff under TUPE with worse terms and conditions. How long would it be before the first of the outsourced employees got made redundant?

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