THE INSTITUTION of Civil Engineers this week warned Network Rail that its policy of restricting re-employment of rail engineers in the industry was not in the best interest of the profession or its engineers.
The warning came as it advised one engineer affected by the policy that he could lodge a complaint with the Institution if he felt his managers had breached the rules of professional conduct.
ICE director of membership Jon Prichard told NCE that the Network Rail managers involved in pursuing the policy could be in breach of ICE Rule 8 of professional conduct.
This rule 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'.
But Prichard added, 'The ICE is not a trade union and under our Royal Charter, we cannot speak on behalf of a single member.'
He pointed out that professional union the Transport Salaried Staff 's Association (TSSA) was better placed to speak out in this case.
Prichard also highlighted that the ICE Benevolent Fund could provide financial help and offer counselling advice.
See Letters page 16 INFOPLUS The ICE benevolent fund helpline can be contacted on 0800 587 3428 or ICEbenevolent@ppcuk. com. All correspondence is treated with total confidentiality.