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Hunt for new Royal contractor


It's hoped whoever takes over plastering at the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment will engage workers affected by the sacking of a subcontracting firm.

Melbourne-based Accuracy Interiors was terminated yesterday, unions claiming it owes up to $1.5 million to 30 Tasmanian workers and 100 foreigners.

Head contractor John Holland Fairbrother hopes the replacement contractor will engage the affected workers and avoid delays.

Project Director Ben Moloney agrees. 

"The failure of these workers being paid is a matter that is solely the responsibility of the subcontractor that employed them," he said. 

"Our expectation is that our managing contractor will evaluate and determine the balance of outstanding entitlements and ensure those are paid."

Health Minister Michael Ferguson says he's being briefed daily on progress, and he doesn't want workers left in limbo. 

"What's important now is that we see a swift and efficient transfer to a new subcontractor," said the Minister. 

"I've this morning instructed the Project Steering Committee and the Project Director to work with our builder to ensure that happens without delay."

The Minister maintains the hospital will be complete in line with the expected timeframe of mid-next year.