Letter: TIE disincentive

Allan Alstead (Letters, 13December) asks why TIE is dragging its heels and resisting offers of mediation in the ongoing contractual dispute with Bilfiger Berger. Regrettably the answer is probably very simple.

With TIE's reputation now in tatters, it seems unlikely that the company will ever obtain another project management contract, and, consequently, faces extinction when the trams finally become operational. However, until then, the TIE staff can rely on large salaries and bonuses, even when - as now - the project is at a standstill. Thus there is no incentive to resolve what Mr Alstead rightly calls "this scandal".


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