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Sub-Contractors: Fletcher's Needs to Place Blame on Doorstep

Sub-Contractors Say Fletcher Building Needs to Place Blame on Its Own Doorstep

The country’s leading trades organisation has refuted any suggestion that sub-contractors contributed to the challenges facing Fletcher Construction.

“Throughout Fletcher’s mounting difficulties, there has been an underlying inference that sub-contractors are part of the problem,” said Graham Burke, president of the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation, which represents the majority of sub-contractors in New Zealand.

“We strongly refute the claim that sub-contractors have contributed to budget overruns due to pushing prices up.

“The main contractor is in the position to negotiate contracts with sub-contractors and they are in the position to bargain with the principle. They hold all the cards and they cannot blame sub-contractors for internal mismanagement.
“It is not realistic for a main contractor to negotiate a contract with a sub-contractor who gives a fixed term quote, and then come back over a year later and still expect that price.”

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