Work to continue at police station
DESPITE HITTING A SNAG yesterday morning, work at the new Worthing/hastings Police Station is moving full steam ahead.
So says ADC Building & Maintenance managing director Adrian Christie, who spoke to the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday following a walk-off by disgruntled workers at the Hastings, Christ Church site.
The ADC boss admitted the project had hit a hump due to some issues with supervisors on the job, but they had been resolved.
“The project is behind for various reasons, but this a critical project,” Christie said. “We did have to fire a couple foremen, but we are moving forward because we want to get it done as soon as possible.”
The $13.2-million project is due for completion in January 2018 and is part of a bigger $76 million project to construct/refurbish five police complexes around the island.
Earlier, several disgruntled workers had told the MIDWEEK NATION they were fed up with untenable working conditions and intermittent pay over the last few weeks.
“Some of us would do work and when you get the salary, you find that it does not really fit the amount you are supposed to be getting,” one worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
“When you query it to a foreman, they tell you they would look into it but a following week would come and you still aren’t getting the money,” he added.
The workers also charged that recently subcontracted workers had been getting more work than they were and also using their materials. They also complained they could not use the temporary toilets on site because a previous foreman had locked them.
At one point tempers flared between workers and management, prompting police to be called to the scene. Following a brief meeting, it was agreed management would meet with the workers, and later it was explained they had agreed to return to work as some issues had been resolved. ( AD)