China Rail­way First Group con­tract ter­mi­nated

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The Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity (FRA) has ter­mi­nated the road con­struc­tion project from 9-Miles to the Rewa Bridge held by China Rail­ways First Group (CRFG).

This was con­firmed by FRA in a state­ment from its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jonathan Moore.

“In order to clar­ify our po­si­tion, and to al­lay any con­cerns or fur­ther spec­u­la­tion, the Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity (FRA) is con­firm­ing that the con­tract with China Rail­ways First Group (CRFG), to de­liver the high­way works from 9-Miles to Rewa Bridge on Kings Road, has been ter­mi­nated,” Mr Moore said.

“Over re­cent months FRA has been work­ing with CRFG to try to get the project back on track but these ef­forts have not been suc­cess­ful and the project has fallen fur­ther be­hind pro­gramme. “The sec­tion of Kings Road that was to be de­liv­ered by CRFG is en­try to Fiji for many vis­i­tors and the con­tin­ued and in­creas­ing de­lays to com­ple­tion has been deemed un­ac­cept­able, re­sult­ing in the cur­rent ac­tion.

“The de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate any con­struc­tion con­tract is not taken lightly and the man­age­ment of the FRA has strictly fol­lowed the con­di­tions of the con­tract in do­ing so. “Over re­cent days the FRA has been in dis­cus­sion with re­place­ment con­trac­tors to de­liver the re­main­der of the works and these ar­range­ments are ap­proach­ing com­ple­tion.

“We have also been made aware of con­cerns over the re­cent ter­mi­na­tion of work­ers by CRFG. “The 9-Miles to Rewa Bridge project is the only project that has been ter­mi­nated so if CRFG is un­able to re­al­lo­cate staff then they will be tak­ing ac­tion to ter­mi­nate those that can­not be put onto other projects.

“The FRA has no in­ten­tion of los­ing ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers, par­tic­u­larly as they were not the root cause of the rea­son to ter­mi­nate the con­tract, so in good faith we are in dis­cus­sion with other con­trac­tors work­ing on FRA projects with a view to ab­sorb­ing as many as pos­si­ble into run­ning projects.

“Over the next week we will be con­tin­u­ing in this ef­fort to sup­port these dis­placed work­ers,” Mr Moore said.

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