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Engineers body to meet ODA over contract concerns

THE SPECIALIST Engineering Contractors' Group will meet with the Olympic Delivery Authority early next year to press its case for fairer contracts for the whole supply chain on 2012 projects.

The subbies' group hopes to meet with ODA board member Sir Peter Mason and chief executive David Higgins.

The ODA has committed to using the NEC3 collaborative contract on Olympic projects 'where appropriate', but has added that other contract forms were also likely to be used.

SEC chief executive Rudi Klein said: 'The one thing that we are desperate to avoid are the firms at the top of the supply chain using the NEC3 and then transferring the risk down the chain using heavily amended subcontract forms.

'Using this contract is a step forward for collaborative working but if it is not used correctly, it will be pretty pointless.'

The ODA is planning to publish its procurement policy in April following a consultation earlier this year.

The TUC called on the Government to favour UK companies in Olympic contracts in a submission to MPs on the trade and industry select committee this week.

It said: 'Procurement decisions cannot discriminate against tenders from non-UKbased companies. But the people of East London, one of the most deprived parts of the UK, have a right to expect that preparations for London 2012 will provide benefits for them.'