Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd & Ors, Meter U Ltd v Hardy & Ors - TUPE: ‘workforce’ does not include ‘corporate franchisees’  EAT
Corporate franchisees do not fall within the definition of ‘workforce’ for the purposes of TUPE Regulations 2006 Reg 7(2). Provided the use of corporate franchisees is not a sham, the dismissal of employees who do not wish to become franchisees after transfer may be for an economic technical or organisational reason.
Meter U provide meter reading services across the UK to suppliers of electricity. It carries on its business by means of franchises with independent franchised limited companies, typically owned by individual meter readers.