blog Just when things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse for Australia’s delayed, trouble-plagued, asbestos-affected National Broadband Network project, they do. According to The Australian newspaper (we recommend you click here for the full, paywalled article), a sub-contractor for NBN construction firm Syntheo has taken a rather unusual step after Syntheo didn’t come through with his annointed pay packet. The newspaper reports:
“Barry Pringle, the director of Bench Excavation, last night ordered his crews to dig up pipes they laid six weeks ago in Adelaide’s southern suburbs for Syntheo.”
To my mind, this is simply extraordinary. Are things really that bad when it comes to the NBN’s sub-contractors, that they have to reverse work that they’ve already completed, in order to get the attention of the major NBN construction firms, when it comes to their pay? I mean, I’m in business myself, and I’ve seen plenty of invoices get paid late, extremely late, or not at all (in the publishing business we refer to this particular type as “aged”). But physical infrastructure is another thing. To go to such lengths as digging up the ground again to remove pipes for the NBN is an extreme step. One wonders how legitimate Pringle’s claims are; and to what extent such issues are widespread.
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