Regulation considered

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2006, 12:00am

The possibility of regulating multiple subcontracting on building projects is being studied to avoid labour exploitation, a Housing Department official says.

The department is collaborating with the Labour Department to settle 577 complaints over $12.8 million of allegedly unpaid wages under the three unfinished projects of Dickson Construction.

Most cases involved subcontractors, and Dickson Construction has agreed to pay more than $4.5 million to 330 of the complaining staff because, as the main contractor, it is legally obliged to pay the first two months of unpaid wages when subcontractors fail to.

'The problem of unpaid wages mainly occurs in the subcontracting process,' the Housing Department official said.