On the basis of the information in your news report (NCE last week) the treatment of redundant engineers by Network Rail seems extraordinary.
I am sure Network Rail will have checked its legal position in imposing the two year ban on future work in the rail industry but this does not mean it is not morally very wrong indeed.
It is wrong on a national level as it must be obvious to every user of the railway that we must husband all the railway engineering experience we have. This is to ensure that our network is brought up to and maintained at the expected levels of comfort and an impeccable standard of safety.
It is wrong on a personal level for those concerned.
Redundancy is sufficient trauma in itself without the imposition of these high handed restrictions. What have Network Rail engineers done to deserve such mean spirited treatment?
This is an opportunity for the ICE to show its mettle by taking whatever stand it can on behalf of our colleagues.
I cannot imagine other professional bodies standing idly by while members are so shabbily treated.
Every member who feels that the ICE should look after its members by taking up the cudgels with Network Rail on this matter should contact the President to this effect. His email address is:
president@ice. org. uk Chris West (M), 8, Longland Avenue, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HY