02/08/2011 - 15:12

Workers stage protest at Queens Riverside

02/08/2011 - 15:12


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Workers stage protest at Queens Riverside

Diploma Construction boss Nick Di Latte says a protest at the Queens Riverside apartments project today stemmed from a disagreement between two subcontractors, and maintained his company had met all of its contractual obligations.

Foreign workers walked off the Queens Riverside Apartments project in East Perth today, claiming they have not been paid since they began work on the site.

Unions WA said in a statement released today that at least 20 workers have not been paid at all, for periods of one to eight weeks.

Unions WA secretary Simone McGurk implored Frasers Property to intervene to ensure workers received their entitlements.

But Mr Di Latte said the issue was between a subcontractor and a company the subcontractor had in turn contracted to do the work.

“From what I understand, one of our subcontractors had an agreement in place with another contractor to do some work there, and there is a dispute between the two of them,” Mr Di Latte said.

“In terms of our own obligations, we continue to meet those, as per our contractual arrangements.

“There’s no issue with (Diploma), it’s further down the chain.”

The protest is the latest in a series of battles between Diploma and unions in recent weeks.

Last month the federal court ordered the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to pay nearly $250,000 in compensation payments and fines after they admitted engaging in unlawful industrial action at a different Diploma development.

The CFMEU has been issued with a court injunction preventing them from speaking about any issues at the Queens Riverside project.

In June, Mr Di Latte vehemently denied union claims that workers were not being paid at Queens Riverside.

At the time, he said he was astonished by the misinformation being spread by the union, and reiterated there was no issues over payment.


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