I'm not an expert on the TUPE rules at all, but my understanding is that these cover your basic terms and conditions of employment i.e. salary, hours, location etc. It reads from your note as if these are unchanged.
Regarding changing job titles and perceived status: your new employer will be as free to do this as your old employer was. What this means in practice is that if your employer has decided that your job title has changed that is pretty much up to them. And to quite a large extent they can even change your role description to another at the same level
If, however, you feel that employer has actually demoted you without adequate cause then you do have a recourse which is to sue them for constructive dismissal. These cases (as I understand it) do not often succeed, the employer has got to have been spectacularly negligent in how they dealt with you for you to have a strong enough case. And, in any case, the amount of compensation you can get in these cases is really not that large, plus you then have the problem of job hunting without a decent reference from your last employer.
So the best route, as always, is starting with a discussion. Express your concerns, and have clear in your own mind what your options are. In particular you may like to consider whether another company would employ you with the title "manager", remembering that employment decisions are not made on your previous job title but on what you can actually show that you did.
Sorry, I'm not sure that's very encouraging, but equally keeping your present position with a change of title may not actually be that bad a deal.
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." Joseph Joubert
15 April 2011 at
11:38 AM by