I'm sure there must be a few lawyers who read this blog, or maybe people know of a friendly lawyer who could be pointed in this direction? We need help quickly because colleagues in the Sodexo-owned CRC's are being royally-shafted by this French catering company who know nothing about our business.
I'm a fairly simple soul who likes to think he can understand plain English. The following is a quote from a letter sent to Napo by the Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove MP. It seems pretty clear to me, so what the f*ck is the problem in Gove picking up the phone and telling Sodexo where to get off?
"Clause 30.3(e) of the Amended and Restated Services Agreement (ARSA) with Sodexo requires that unless more beneficial terms exist, the contractor must give effect to the Voluntary Redundancy Terms; these terms apply unless renegotiated in accordance with applicable law. These Voluntary Redundancy Terms are outlined in Annex B to the National Agreement and are annexed in the commercial contracts. The MoJ position on the National Agreement on Staff Transfer and Protections is that this remains unchanged. Any probation staff employed as at 31st May 2014 will, if they are eligible for voluntary redundancy, be entitled to the EVR terms outlined within this National Agreement. My officials will continue to work with all providers to ensure they honour this obligation.
Any proposals to amend these terms, like those that Sodexo have put on the table, will need to be considered through negotiation with trades union and in accordance with applicable employment law. With regards to the differing Voluntary Redundancy terms that Sodexo are offering, my officials are continuing to work closely with them to ensure they comply with their contractural obligations."