Probe into hospital work continues
THE federal building and construction watchdog is still investigating the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment worksite almost two months after it was revealed some workers had gone weeks without being paid.
An Australian Building and Construction Commission spokesman said the body was conducting a “thorough investigation” relating to workers’ entitlements, allegations of sham contracting and how people were inducted to work on the $689 million RHH redevelopment.
It was revealed in September about 130 people — mostly foreign nationals — were allegedly not paid by subcon- tractor Accuracy Interiors for up to two months.
Project managing contractor John Holland-Fairbrother terminated its contract with the company and eventually paid the plasterers about $1.5 million in wages and entitlements.
Master Builders Tasmania, which inducted the workers on to the site, confirmed it was in- volved in the investigation. Executive director Matthew Pollock said: “Master Builders Tasmania is actively co-operating with the ABCC and has complied with all the commission’s requests.’’
A company called Accuracy Interiors went into liquidation early October and the Victorian business’s phone has been disconnected.