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Young engineers - an easy target?


Forty years ago, as an underpaid young engineer, I queried the inaction of the ICE regarding the inadequacy of salaries. At the time, as a section engineer, my salary was less than my tea boy (which, admittedly, the site agent considered to be a fair reflection of our relative values to the organisation).

Then, as now, I got the answer that the ICE considered itself to be a learned institution, and therefore thought it improper to concern itself with such commercial matters.

Then, as now, the ICE was run by people who appeared to be mostly in the position of employing young engineers;

they benefited from the prestige of the ICE, but they might also be expected to have benefited from not having to pay their young employees too much.

Could there have been a connection? Could there still be a connection?

David Woodrow (M),

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