In the NHS today the emergence of the constant transferr of staff from one employer to another has effected thousands, if not hundreds of thousands particuarly in primary care. Thousands of staff have already been transferred several times. These tansfers are caused by the governments re-introduction of the internal market first created by previous Conservative governments which although GP fundholding was withdrawn what that did was more firmly put in place accountants and business managers as the decision makers in health care decisions. Then following the Darzi proposals billions of pounds have been spent on setting up commissioning services and what they call "world class commissioning". This means instead of investing in improving services huge investment goes into providing a mechanism for big business to step into the health care arena whether that be GPS grouping together to turn themselves into large private companies, or British, US and European health monopolies bidding and winning these services.
Of course human resources are very precious and because of the neglect of investiemnt in training of doctors and nurses and support staff the introduction of this market system lacks human resources. Step in TUPE transferr. Is this some kind of modern slavery where not only individuals but whole workforces can the transferred by one employer to another just at the whim of their employer? You have absolutely no right to object. You will not eevn be offered redundancy but "have your contract terminated". Of course when you are in slave like conditions any port in a storm and TUPE does require your new employer to keep your same terms and conditions for at least until they can try and impose something else. As we have pointed out the new NHS constitution does not guarantee even the national terms and conditions of Agenda for Change but only the minimum wage. So, without the constant fight of health workers to defend their living standards the new employers whether NHS GPs, or private companies, or other Trusts, are going to try their best to reduce our rights with the help of this "constitution".
There is no reason why health workers should feel compelled to accept the partnership agenda, or feel guilty in rejecting it. It is an agenda which creates the utmost illusions about the pay the rich system and the handing over the health service to the monopolies and and tries to engage health workers in this programme. It is an agenda which hopes to buy off health workers to identify with the aims of these monopolies, but which is increasingly leading to disaster for both health workers the NHS and the economy. It is an agenda which holds increasingly empty promises for health workers. Winning these so-called guarantees such as with TUPE or "NHS being the prefferred bidder" without the fight to back them up by health workers figting according to their own agenda, for health workers to bring forward their own politicians to challenge and defeat the Big Partiy candidates and and go on organise themselves to bring about a new and modern society.