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Conduct unbecoming


Chris West (NCE last week) raises the question of the morality of Network Rail's 'requests', backed by their contract awarding clout, for other employers not to hire engineers they have made redundant.

Many of us can remember the construction industry 'blacklist', run by the major contractors and the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, which effectively barred anyone who had crossed a member company, politically or economically, from further employment in the industry.

That action was as morally and legally wrong as the current Network Rail policy.

John Armitt, chief executive of Network Rail, is a senior member of the ICE and holds ultimate responsibility for the actions of his organisation.

I believe an appropriate reaction, in addition to that suggested by Chris West, would be to lodge a formal complaint, with the ICE Professional Conduct Panel, that Armitt is in breach of Rule 8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. This states that 'a member shall not maliciously or recklessly injure or attempt to injure, whether directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, prospects or business of another person'.

Charles M Roberts [F], chasmroberts@aol. com

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