LAING O'ROURKE has reinstated two bricklayers after mistakenly laying them off despite the pair having signed up to the company's new PAYE contract.
The mix-up occurred on the firm's Newham hospital scheme in east London, which is nearing completion.
Managers decided to lay off 10 bricklayers last week as the job winds down - eight of them on self-employed contracts - but sparked uproar by laying off the two directly employed brickies.
One angry worker on the site said: 'Laing O'Rourke told us there would be more job security if we went back on the books and then they go getting rid of people who have signed the new deal rather than transferring them to another site.'
But another source close to the dispute said: 'This was a genuine mix-up as the selfemployed workers should be the first to go in this situation.
'As far as I know, the PAYE brickies are not being laid off now. But in construction as jobs finish people get laid off - that's the industry.You want to keep people on the books, but if Laing O'Rourke doesn't have another bricklaying job to transfer them to then it will get rid of them.'
Laing O'Rourke declined to comment.