Minister seeks reassurance for contractors

Published: Thu 5 Sep 2013 06:56 PM
5 September 2013
Minister seeks reassurance for contractors
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has made it clear to Transfield Services that she expects the company to pay its contractors as quickly as possible.
“It is my expectation that Transfield Services should be looking to make these payments without further delay.
“Transfield Services needs to explain exactly why this situation has developed, what it is doing to resolve it and give an assurance that it will not happen again.
“It is disappointing for the contractors and their families that they have not been paid and I am eager to see this rectified.”
Ms Adams has asked Crown Fibre Holdings, which oversees the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) project on the Government’s behalf, to work closely with Transfield Services until the situation is resolved.
“I am advised that the issue with Transfield Services only involves a limited number of contractors. It is disappointing that this situation has occurred, and I have made it clear to Transfield Services through Crown Fibre Holdings that this needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
“It is not good enough when a contractor does a fair day’s work, but then does not get paid. I want to see people get paid for the work they have done”
Ms Adams says it is important to note that the issue was unlikely to have an impact on the overall UFB build programme.
“The overall programme is well on track and business is continuing as usual across much of the country. From time to time these situations occur, but I have made it very clear to all involved that I am far from happy.”

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