Workers on warpath over 'unpaid $3m'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am

Workers protested outside the Government's Murray Building in Central after they failed to be paid for renovating it.

About 30 contractors representing 100 workers said they had not received payment after upgrading five floors of offices in the Garden Road premises.

They said $3 million was owed and the late payment had caused some workers financial problems.

But a spokesman for the Architectural Services Department, which contracted out the projects, said there was little the Government could do as it involved commercial disputes between the first, second and third contractors.

Lip Wai-choy, one of the protesting contractors, said: 'When we took over the projects from the second contractor in May, we felt it was secure as it was a government project - an iron rice bowl.

'But now our dream is shattered. We still owe tens of thousands of dollars in construction material fees, which makes it impossible for us to take on new projects.' Neither the first nor the second contractors, Wan Chung and Shun Lee, could be reached for comment yesterday.