The mediation needs to be quick so that the cleaners get paid next week.
*BIG DAY OUT LTD*
PO Box 25341
18th September 2009
Mr Willie Rennie MP
Dunfermline and West Fife Constituency Office
1 High Street
Dear Mr Rennie
Thank you for your letter of 16th September.
As you are probably aware we are in dispute with Easywaste, who were the waste management contractor for this year's T in the Park.
There were major failings in Easywaste's delivery at the event which resulted in both ourselves and Perth and Kinross Council having to take significant remedial action in terms of additional resource all at the expense of Big Day Out Ltd.
Without exaggeration, the problems caused by Easywaste's poor delivery could well have brought about cancellation of the event which would have had catastrophic consequences.
Fortunately Tayside Fire Brigade, Perth & Kinross Council and other contractors worked co-operatively with us and we were able to continue with the event.
As you would expect, we were not prepared to pay the full contract price to Easywaste, however, they feel that this should still be paid. We have made an offer to them which goes beyond what we think a legal settlement would result in as we want to ensure that those individuals that did work are paid in full, however, it seems that Easywaste still wish to make their projected profit in addition to that.
Through our legal team we suggested mediation which was rejected, however, Easywaste's recent actions, including blaming the nonpayment of their staff on ourselves through public meetings and talking to the Daily Record, seem to have backfired on them, not least because it is their legal responsibility to pay the individuals regardless of any dispute with us.
After the recent coverage in the newspapers it would appear that they are now prepared to consider mediation and our lawyers hope to progress this as soon as possible.
It is of serious concern to us that individuals working at T in the Park have not been paid, however, we need Easywaste to come to the table to make this happen.