The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is expressing concern that the cheapest companies win the tenders for ACT construction projects.
“Answers to questions we put to the Government show a startling pattern of rewarding the company that provides the cheapest service,” said ACT Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.
“Of 26 recent construction projects, the ACT Government awarded the contract to the cheapest tenderer 23 times – almost 90%.
“The concern is that price is being prioritised above worksite safety and above fair wages and conditions.
“The Government should be focused on contracting safe and fair companies, especially in light of recent construction site accidents and deaths in the ACT, and the fact that construction is an industry where sham contracting is a problem.
“I am extremely concerned the Government is creating an environment that encourages short cuts, and safety and employee conditions are suffering.