Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tiler Is Fed Up with Pay Defaults; Subcontractor Calls on Government to Regulate Payments

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tiler Is Fed Up with Pay Defaults; Subcontractor Calls on Government to Regulate Payments

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Byline: Nikita Watts Nikita.Watts@capnews.com.au

ADAM Belot worked up the courage to tell his family they weren't going to see the $15,000 owed to him in September.

The Yeppoon self-employed tiler said he lived under constant stress, not knowing whether he would be paid after each job and, if he wasn't, having to again deliver the bad news to his family, which includes four children.

In his 20 years in the business, Adam said he had suffered several major financial losses caused by building contractors who refused to pay after mismanaging their finances or had endured significant losses.

He said the financial, emotional and psychological stress placed on families like his was immeasurable.

Adam has called on the State Government to implement new legislation which takes control of cash payments to subcontractors away from a project's developer or builder.

He has written to politicians calling for the industry to be better regulated and control measures put in place to prevent subcontractors from being short-changed after completing work to standard. …

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