The Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union members are outraged as another 20 local workers are thrown on the scrap heap from a job already plagued with issues.
CEPU State Secretary Michael Anderson has slammed the treatment of AMS Hydraulics workers who were sacked without notice yesterday and are being used as pawns in a dispute between their employer and builder John Holland.
“It’s a disgrace that these workers have been sacked; they have done nothing wrong and don’t deserve to be used as leverage to sort out a contractual dispute.”
“The project is already miles behind, and this isn’t going to help that situation as a legal resolution could take weeks.”
The Union says that it is just another debacle on a project which has been a mess from the start.
“Awful health and safety, exploited migrant workers, industrial action, multiple contractors going broke or bailing out of the job, and sham contracting have been the normal program on this site.”
“Couple with that, complete silence from project management and the government about these serious issues shows their attitude towards what should be a great place for construction workers to make a living, and a top class hospital for the community when it’s completed. Its neither of those things.”
“Workers have been forced into a corner, and are rightfully angry at the situation and their treatment, so will continue to take action until they reach what they feel is a fair deal with their employer.”
The Union has been informed that the plumbing contracting is unwilling to lose any more money on the job on top of being owed several million dollars by John Holland, which is not the only subcontractor under pressure on the project.
“These workers will be turning up to the site next week prepared to continue work, potentially for another company, as long as their entitlements are up to date, so its high time workers were put first for a change on this job and the issue sorted out.”