Works halted on Point Fortin Hospital over subcontractors' 'dispute'
A dispute between two subcontractors carrying out construction work on the Point Fortin Hospital led to workers refusing to continue work on Monday.
The workers downed tools in protest of the alleged non-payment of salaries for the last fortnight, vowing to continue the action until the outstanding sums owed are paid.
Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said Monday’s protest is a matter for the contractor on the project, VAMED, to address.
“The issue the Senator raised rests squarely with the contractor at the Point Fortin Hospital, which is VAMED, and I have spoken to VAMED…to have that issue resolved in the shortest possible time.
It is an issue that the main contractor has to attend to.”
Deyalsingh explained that the issue was not one of lack of funding but came about as a result of a dispute between subcontractors carrying out works on the new hospital.
“It arose because of a dispute one contractor called Innovo had with a subcontractor he employed called Lalchan Deosaran. It had nothing to do with lack of funding but had to do with a dispute between Innovo and his subcontractor…it had nothing to do with funding,” the Minister said.
The Point Fortin Hospital is scheduled for completion May 2019 to the tune of $1.2 billion.
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