Is it lies or just business?

I don't know how many of you will recall, but roughly one year ago, my previous employer became a customer of my current employer*, transferring their IT department to us under the TUPE regulations.

At the time, my boss informed me that, as per regulations, the transferred staff could not have their terms and conditions changed (understandably) and that my terms and conditions could not be improved in order to match theirs, as much as he would like to do so.

This has been bugging me for a while especially since the transferred staff have; minimum 22 days holiday, increasing upto a maximum of 27 days; 3 privilege days between Christmas and New Year; and are contracted for less hours of work. All far more than the government minimum that I get.

It always seemed odd to me that there would be stipulations in a regulation that would prevent an improvement in terms and conditions of employees, since its creation was to protect transferred employees from being disadvantaged. So this week, I finally went on a hunt for information as you can tell from the TUPE link.

I scouted the regulations and summary information for anything that said an employer was prevented from improving existing employees terms and conditions to match those of the transferees and found ... nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

So I ended up posting to Armchair Advice, which appeared to be the only place I could ask a question online**, and they came to the same conclusion: my boss was pulling a fast one.

Don't get me wrong, I know he is not obliged to improve my T&Cs at all. What I have an issue with is the "I would if I could but my hands are tied" argument, which is blatantly false.

Add this to comments like "You're worth more, I'm just not paying it to you" and informing me that my colleagues are on upto £10K more than me, with the junior guy on only £3K less than me, and I'm sure you can understand why I feel like I'm being played.

I really need the courage to discuss this with him!!


Anyhoo, time for a lighter note!!

With the videos I posted yesterday still fresh on my mind, especially the excellent ASDA prank call, I went for a quick search of other prank calls and found this rather popular little gem:

* There is a running joke within our customer that those who try to leave will never escape ... and it is sooooooo true!
** Otherwise, I would have had to take time off mid-week to go to Citizen's Advice ... when will they understand that people need them outside of 10:00 - 16:00 working hours???


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