Union steps in for sub-contractors

TEN local sub-contractors are claiming they are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid work by the builder of a stalled Park Beach high-rise development.

They will meet with their union next week.

The $13 million nine-storey ‘Beaches’ apartment block built by Gold Coast construction company Simcorp, ground to a halt earlier this year and is now manned around the clock by security guards.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union delegate Jim Hutcheon said next Tuesday’s meeting will decide what course of action will be taken against Simcorp’s building company.

“There is no guarantee the building company will honour the work of the local subbies, which up until now have gone unpaid,” Mr Hutcheon said.

“Some are owed thousands in payments dating back to last year, but because of the different building laws between NSW and Queensland we have to be careful first-up to work out the best approach and the best legal stance to take against the company,” he said.

Hunt and Moore Bricklayers is one Coffs Harbour company that’s been affected. It is said to be owned more than $42,000 in unpaid labour. A total of 10 affected companies have been told the Park Beach building site was shut down last month because of an unrelated contract dispute with the Gold Coast Titans over its $25 million Centre of Excellence, being built at Robina.

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