The subject of Bombardier
and it's lay-off of more than 14,000 workers at it's Derby plant was discussed off-topic on the "Tories responsible for 25,000 Glasgow deaths" topic. For that reason I have to bring the subject over here to the "Labour Legacy" topic because if the item (link below) is correct than the lay-offs at Bombardier
are indeed another Labour legacy.
Last month Bombardier, Britain’s last train maker, announced 1,400 job losses after Transport Secretary Philip Hammond awarded the £1.5billion Thameslink contract to Siemens.
But Transport Minister Theresa Villiers yesterday admitted that millions had been paid to consultants who advised on the tendering process.
Union bosses immediately demanded a re-think of the deal to build 1,200 carriages.
Ministers insist that under EU law they were bound by a process set up by the last Labour government which failed to include factors such as jobs.
Mark Young, the East Midlands regional coordinator of Unite, which represents most of the Bombardier workers, said: “To spend £15million of taxpayers’ money on consultants only for the contract to be awarded to a company that will not even build the trains in the UK is a nonsense.”http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/262805...p-at-Bombardier
The news that over £15m has been soaked up in advisers and consultants’ fees...adds insult to injury
Bob Crow, the boss of the RMT rail union
Bob Crow, the boss of the RMT rail union, called on the National Audit Office to include the consultants’ costs in its investigation into the contract.
He said: “These well-paid advisers totally failed to include the wider costs to the UK economy in the tendering evaluation, despite the fact that it is standard practice in other European countries.
“The news that over £15million has been soaked up in advisers and consultants’ fees to oil the wheels of the Bombardier stitch-up adds insult to injury.
“This money could have been invested in defending train manufacturing jobs in the UK. It’s time for the Government to award this contract to the Derby workforce.”