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MPs pressure Armitt on redundancy policy U-turn


NETWORK RAIL chief executive John Armitt came under pressure from MPs this week to admit that he had changed company policy on the reemployment of engineers it had made redundant.

Transport minister Kim Howells is to confront Armitt over the policy to ensure that there is 'no automatic bar on redundant engineers' from finding work.

York MP Hugh Bayley met Howells last week to discuss the policy which has prohibited some redundant engineers from finding work in the railway industry since last November.

Bayley is acting on behalf of an ex-Network Rail chartered surveyor and a signalling engineer who have both been laid off by Network Rail contractors, following redundancy, because of the policy.

Armitt originally outlined the policy in a letter to Bayley last April saying, 'Network Rail does not re-engage any person leaving the company as an employee, contractor or consultant within a two year period of leaving the company. This applies to people leaving on redundancy'.

But Bayley believes that Armitt has now 'softened' the policy following pressure from independent lawyer Raymond Joyce and Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

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