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Engineers must prove their worth


While I admire Adrian Long's attempt to push the salary debate along (NCE last week), I suggest that his fear of a basic flaw in his argument is fully justified.

ICE members constitute a small proportion of the total workforce in the construction industry. How could such a small group be given such a large salary increase, particularly as many of them work alongside non-members doing the same work.

I am surprised that 75% of any profession should be dissatisfied with their salaries.

It suggests that either something else keeps them in the profession, ie the challenge of a fulfilling, worthwhile job, or that they are not actually capable of realising a greater salary elsewhere.

Each one of us should be actively seeking to remedy our own situations by proving our worth rather than expecting a nanny Institution to look after us.

Simon Marzetti (AM), MDSTransmodal, 5/6 Hunters Walk, Canal Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4EB

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