Contract disputes bite into NBN rollout

Contract disputes bite into NBN rollout

Work has stopped on the national broadband network in Ballarat following a dispute with sub-contractors, as ongoing problems plague the network.

The Ballarat dispute – which escalated on Monday – comes on the same day as contractors in Tasmania are holding crisis talks that will determine whether they continue rolling out the NBN.

These disputes are part of a larger, and worsening, headache for NBN Co. Major contractors appear to be struggling financially and subcontractors are downing tools because they are angry about not being paid on time, or in some cases, not being paid enough, for their work.

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