Deering calls for stricter conditions on payment for Sub-contractors.

20th June, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has called on the Government to introduce tough new measures to protect sub-contractors. Speaking in the Dail today (Wednesday) on the Construction Contracts Bil,l Deputy Deering put forward a proposal that Main Contractors who have not paid sub-contractors for work done on previous contracts should not be allowed to tender for future Government work until they have paid their debts.

“I have had a number of sub-contractors meet with me over the past fifteen months complaining that they are unable to get paid from certain contractors and yet these same contractors have been given more work on state financed projects. This is totally unacceptable. The sub-contractor is the one with all the skills, they will also be the one with the bills from suppliers and are expected to have wages every Thursday evening and remember this money is what is spent locally and keeps communities alive, and yet they sometimes can’t get paid while the contractor, having been paid for the work refuses to pass it on and are sitting pretty on the next job, sometimes Government jobs. My case is that these ‘rogue’ contractors should not be allowed to tender for future state projects, it should be a pre-qual condition, unless there is a legitimate reason why they have not paid their subbys.”