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S5W-14026: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the collapse of Carillion, what discussions it has had with the ScotRail Alliance regarding the Edinburgh Waverley platform extension contract, and what steps it plans to ensure that the workers involved in (a) this and (b) other public infrastructure projects are  employed directly via the supply chain and not through umbrella companies.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 January 2018

Transport Scotland has been in regular dialogue with Network Rail following the announcement on 15 January 2018 regarding Carillion. Network Rail has confirmed that works on the Edinburgh Waverley platform extensions remain on programme.

The Scottish Government continues to press the liquidators and the UK Government for the total number of jobs that might be affected and details of measures they are putting in place regarding contracts in Scotland. We stand ready to provide support for any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative.