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Staff in limbo as Cleveland Bridge quits Wembley site


STEEL ERECTORS at the £757M Wembley stadium project were this week waiting to see whether they would keep their jobs after Cleveland Bridge quit the project.

Union representatives were due to hold talks with replacement steel erection subcontractor Hollandia this week to see whether it would re-employ Cleveland workers.

Cleveland is pulling out of all remaining site work for the stadium roof and stands after recent successful completion of the main steel arch lift.

The firm continues to design, fabricate and supply steel for the project.

In a statement last week Cleveland said that main contractor Multiplex had 'invoked a 28 day notice period on the site related work scope'.

It had had no choice but to issue redundancy notices to the whole 250 strong workforce on Friday last week, it said.

Multiplex refused to give reasons for the termination of work, or give details about any penalties or severance terms. It said no claims were on the table.

The GMB union and Amicus are representing the Cleveland erectors in talks with Hollandia in the hope of persuading it to take on Cleveland workers.

The unions want to see the workforce transferred to the new subcontractor on the same employment terms.

But Hollandia is understood to be considering the use of alternative labour.

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