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Rail redundancy issue to be raised in House


YORK MP Hugh Bayley is to raise with the government Network Rail's policy of restricting re-employment of redundant railway engineers.

The Labour MP has been granted a meeting with transport minister Kim Howells to discuss the issue, his office told NCE this week.

Network Rail could face high court action after it advised its contractors and consultants that it 'preferred' them not to re-employ redundant staff (News last week).

Two former employees of the rail operator have approached Bayley to take up the issue.

'One is quite senior and the other a smaller player; one a civil engineer and the other a chartered surveyor, ' said his office.

The MP wants to find out more about the policy and to point out the inconsistency of banning experienced engineers from a particular type of work at time when there is a major skills shortage.

A second parliamentarian to take up the issue, conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield Andrew Mitchell, was this week still awaiting a reply to a letter sent to Network Rail chief executive John Armitt.

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