16 August 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT slams Grayling pay hypocrisy as disgraced Carillion boss lands top job at HS2
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed the rank hypocrisy of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on rail workers pay – shining a spotlight on the fact that the former boss of collapsed outsourcing company Carillion has landed a plum job on a fat salary heading up HS2 as just another example of the pay bonanza for the managerial elite at the top of the industry regardless of their track record and performance.
Former Carillion boss Mark Davies has been appointed as the managing director for the HS2 joint venture between Balfour Beatty and VINCI, the project is one of the world’s largest construction projects with billions of pounds-worth of contracts put up for the first phase between West Midlands and London.
Davies was at the centre of the catastrophic Carillion collapse having joined the company in 2008, rising to managing director of its UK Infrastructure business until the firm went bust in January 2018 with liabilities of £7 billion - wrecking thousands of workers lives throughout the company and the supply chain caught in the crossfire of the management incompetence.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
“One minute Chris Grayling is lining up an attack on front line rail workers through his pay cap and the next he is sitting back while the managerial merry-go-round at the top of the industry is rewarding those who have wrecked lives and proved themselves wholly incompetent with fat salaries on prestige projects.
“The hypocrisy of Chris Grayling on top bosses pay is breath taking but as the ultimate specialist in failure himself, who has clung onto his ministerial pay, perks and car despite reducing the railways to chaos, he would know all about rewarding rank incompetence on an industrial scale.”
“If Grayling seriously thinks that front line rail workers are going to take the hit to protect company profits, shareholders dividends and top bosses pay then he needs to think again. RMT will fight any attempt to impose a pay cap on our members.