Kawasaki Rejects Non-Payment Claims
Residents from all over Australia, especially those in trades related to power and gas, like that Perth electrician, were glad to hear of the Ichthys natural gas project in Darwin. However, things have not been as promising recently for the venture, with issues arising from the site.
The Kawasaki Heavy Industries is now at the hot seat regarding the contractual issues of the Darwin Inpex Ichthys LNG venture, which led to the layoff of hundreds of employees. The Japanese company has begun considering legal actions regarding the claims that it owes money, valued in the millions, the construction company Laing O’Rourke, and stated that they have made efforts in order to fix the matter.
This incident is not the first of its kind, but this contractual dispute hundred jobless. This issue between Inpex sub-contractors left 850 jobless, worse still, is that a considerable amount of people that were laid off had already been fired beforehand, with some having a double case of déjà vu, having been caught by past disputes and fired twice before.
According to Bill Townsend, Inpex’s external affairs manager for Perth, a large amount of workers that were recently laid off were re-deployed from a prior incident, about 60%.
Inpex is now receiving negative stigma from the incident, with many stating that they could’ve intervened to help the many Laing O’Rourke employees affected, with further questioning do their company’s help for UGL’s sake sometime January this year. Inpex, however, has stated that they do not intervene, rather that they work closely with their contractors, sub-contractors and even the government to ensure that people are connected to jobs, in case of these types of incidents.
However, worker unions have noted irregularity, such as re-deployed being suddenly hired by Laing O’Rourke, the construction company in charge of the Ichthys site who laid off over 800 employees earlier this week. David Hayes, organizer for the Electrical Trades Union, points out that workers from the project have been hung out to dry, so to speak, sent to their homes without jobs. If the employee was once a Perth electrician, now they’re just unemployed.
Inpex has stated that the general manager for Darwin, Sean Kildare, is currently unavailable.