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Edinburgh tram workers to lose jobs

Monday June 13th 2011

Workers involved in Edinburgh's troubled tram project could be facing the axe.

The company responsible for the multi-million pound scheme, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie), will be consulting with its 64 employees about voluntary redundancy.

Tie said in a statement that it was too early to estimate how many of its workforce could be set to lose their jobs.

It confirmed that a voluntary redundancy had been launched within the company in keeping with the next phase of the revised government process.

It added: "This is only the initial pre-consultation phase and as yet, way too early to say how many individuals may be interested, or indeed, considered.

"As is standard process, we will be seeking the views of staff as to whether they wish to be considered for this and we will report back to the council after a period of weeks."

Edinburgh's tram works, costing £545 million, have been plagued by delays, overspend and a dispute between contractors Bilfinger Berger and Tie.

It is the fourth-largest public capital project in Scotland, after the new Forth bridge, the South Glasgow Hospital and the M74 extension.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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