OREANDA-NEWS. Network Rail announces significant investment in its contingent labour workforce. The awards will see a strategic change in the number of suppliers from 57 to 20. Four core suppliers will provide 70% of the workforce supported by a number of smaller specialist suppliers.

Hand in hand with the new contracts comes a new code of conduct for labour that will require suppliers to:

  • Pay as a minimum, the London living wage within Greater London
  • Invest in training and development of their workforce
  • Minimise travel time
  • Adopt Network Rail’s lifesaving rules, and ‘speak-out’ systems
  • Provide all equipment and protective clothing free-of-charge to workers
  • Provide a competent and more professional contingent labour workforce

Nick Elliott, managing director national supply chain, said:

“These new contracts are all about transforming our contingent labour workforce into a more professional, fairly remunerated and appropriately trained body of people that we are able to call upon when the need arises.

"The new code of conduct for labour will drive better employer behaviours, improve the quality of the supply chain and help ensure that workers are treated fairly.

“We believe that investing in this important resource will deliver significant safety and performance benefits for the railway as a whole.”

The five year contracts will start on 1st April 2015.

Notes to editors

  • These contracts represent the provision of around 500 people per day
  • The four core suppliers are:
  • Ganymede Solutions Ltd
  • McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure) Ltd
  • Morson Human Resources Ltd
  • Shorterm Ltd
  • The other suppliers awarded specialist and support contracts are:
  • Amey Rail Ltd
  • Bridgeway Consulting Ltd
  • Carillion Rail
  • Colas Rail Ltd
  • Coyle Personnel Plc
  • Exxell Ltd
  • GM Rail Services Ltd
  • GPX Engineering Ltd
  • Infra Safety Services Labour Ltd
  • Keltbray Rail
  • Linbrooke Services Ltd
  • MECX Group Ltd
  • Renown Railway Services
  • Resourcing Solutions Ltd
  • SW Global Resourcing Ltd
  • TES2000 Ltd
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