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Commons motion attacks civils contractor

MANCHESTER MP Gerald Kaufman last week tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons to highlight the plight of a man owed wages by a civil engineering contractor.

Kaufman, who represents Manchester Gorton, used an early day motion to raise a question over the behaviour of Otleybased Colley Civil Engineering.

The motion claimed the firm had failed to pay £280 in wages due to his constituent Mark Aspray.

The motion asked the Commons to 'express its disgust with, and condemnation of, Colley Civil Engineering' for 'persisting in failing to pay their former employee Mark Aspray £280 due to him since April 2000 and for deliberately refusing to respond to correspondence sent on his behalf by his MP'.

The motion also 'warns other potential employees to steer clear of these disgraceful employers; and calls on potential customers and clients of Colley Engineering to have nothing to do with an organisation which cheats on those who work for it.'

The MP later raised the issue in a question to the Leader of the House of Commons Margaret Beckett MP in Parliament.

Aspray told NCE he got a job at Colley through a Job Centre and worked for three weeks at Manchester's Arndale Centre without being paid his net wages of around £90 a week.

'I had been ripped off before but sometimes you expect it in the building game. But after the last time I was so fed up I was determined it wouldn't happen again, so I called my MP after I got sick trying to get my money.'

Kaufman told NCE he pursued the matter after receiving no response to several letters sent to Colley. Attempts to contact Colley by NCE were unsuccessful.

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