UNISON secures employment tribunal win for careers advisers

UNISON has won a hard fought victory for workers in the careers service against Prospects Limited.

Prospects Limited took over the delivery of the National Careers Services contract in the West of England from Careers South West. But, the company refused to accept that careers advisers working for Careers South West should transfer to them, arguing that their service was a digital service and so the jobs weren’t the same.

UNISON successfully argued that there was a case under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, as the two services were fundamentally the same, with careers advisers advising clients in the same way and at the same job centres.

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This positive outcome will deter other companies seeking to get around the law and making spurious arguments to sack workers.

“UNISON will continue to challenge unfair behaviour to stop rogue employers from thinking they can get away with ignoring the law whenever itsuits them.”

UNISON is currently pursuing similar claims against other National Careers Services contractors across England.

UNISON media contacts:

Fatima Ayad T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E: f.ayad@unison.co.uk
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk