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Aberdeen bypass workers ‘down tools’ over pay dispute

Workers on the £745m Aberdeen bypass project have “downed tools” over a pay dispute, Transport Scotland has confirmed.

The transport body told Construction News the Balfour Beatty / Galliford Try joint venture delivering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) had confirmed workers from subcontractor Rossmore Civils walked off the site. 

“We are aware that a small number of workers ‘downed tools’ in dispute with their employer, and AWPR Construction Joint Venture (CJV) is holding discussions with Rossmore Civils to establish the cause and resolve the matter,” a Transport Scotland spokesperson said.

Construction News understands the dispute is in relation to payment.

“The CJV has also assured us that it is making all payments to Rossmore Civils in accordance with the terms and conditions of its subcontract,” the spokesperson added.

In March, Transport Scotland announced the AWPR completion date had been delayed and the road was now not expected to open until autumn this year.

The liquidation of previous JV partner Carillion, the impact of Storm Frank in 2015/16 and “extreme weather” in 2018 were given as reasons for the delay.

Last month also saw the JV launch an investigation into claims staff on the problem project were charged up to £100 to receive their wages.

Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try and Rossmore Civils have been contacted for comment.

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