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Specialists continue contracts fight

SPECIALIST subcontractors have vowed to fight on in their battle against a radical revamp of the Joint Contracts Tribunal despite being deserted by their chief allies.

The Association of Consulting Engineers last week confirmed it had switched sides and decided to agree to a plan to reform the contract writing body's constitution, leaving the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group (SEC) isolated.

The pair had argued the constitutional changes rest too much power with main contractors, leaving smaller players outgunned on contract issues.

The association's council did not get the changes it wanted, but decided it could serve its members' interests better from within the new body. But SEC chief executive Rudi Klein insisted the battle was not yet over.

He said: 'The formal decision has been made, but the old JCT is still in existence. The new body is not due to come into force until April next year. There's still time to play for to get people to change their minds.'