National Grid contractor Balfour Beatty have suspended three employees amid ongoing investigations of alleged ‘improper conduct’ around it’s gas mains replacement contract.
On Wednesday, trade union GMB said that a “major investigation” has been launched to allegations that “wads of cash”, holidays and renovation work for individual’s homes were being offered in return for work on the West Midlands based contract worth an estimated £4 billion.
“I am told that the investigation underway is into allegations of bullying, mis-reporting, fraud and corruption,” said GMB national secretary Gary Smith in a statement. “We understand that gas mains replacement work, running into tens of millions of pounds in value, may have been tainted by allegations of corrupt practice.”
The investigation was confirmed by the company, and also that three middle managers have been suspended pending the outcome.
“We are keeping in close touch with Balfour Beatty on their investigation, but it would not be appropriate to comment further until the investigation is concluded,” a statement from National Grid said.
Balfour Beatty released a statement which said that the investigation was focused on “localised behaviour by a small group of individuals” involved with the sub-contracting of the West Midlands contract.