Union chief says warnings on roadworks were ignored

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Warnings about mistakes being made on roadworks were ignored, a union boss claims.

A review has been launched after a number of roadworks schemes carried out by the private sector were beset by defects and delays.

Unite boss Eric Holmes said public sector manual workers were not to blame. He said: ‘Our members were spotting mistakes being made by the private sector who were employed on there but it was being ignored and they were told to shut up. That’s wrong. It should never have been allowed to happen.’ Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly says new tendering procedures will come in next year and the problems showed the ‘lowest price is not always the best value’.

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