Union accuses CBI of sabotaging transfer talks

Talks
aimed at protecting the terms and conditions of public sector staff when they
are transferred to private sector companies supplying public services have run
into difficulty.

According
to BBC news online senior union leaders have claimed employers are sabotaging
talks with the government  aimed at
ending the "two tier workforce" in local government, schools and
hospitals.

John
Edmunds, leader of one of Britain’s biggest unions, the GMB, is blaming the
Confederation of British Industry for putting the whole agreement in jeopardy.

Mr
Edmunds said the CBI had been putting pressure on Downing Street to water down
proposals which would give more than one million workers the same conditions of
employment whether they work in the public sector or for private companies.

The
GMB is worried that a planned government announcement on the proposals later
this week will be put back following the CBI’s intervention.

By
Ben Willmott

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