Pay for ChCh trades people on shaky ground
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 7:00p.m.
Since September's earthquake trades people have been in high demand in Christchurch.
Emergency repairs from February and now Monday’s quake have grown their workload exponentially.
All well and good if you're a plumber you might think!
Well - only if you're getting paid.
EQC is meant to be paying the bills for emergency work, but if the agency's paying at all it is not paying fast enough. Now those fixing homes are starting to buckle. Good will - like the post quake water supply - is running out.
Watch Natasha Utting’s report.
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23/06/2011 9:22:16 p.m.
ex national tradesmen wrote:
never again national, they have put in place their buddies that are looking after no 1. we had a team of tradesmen fromotaki and levin ready to start work and help chch. we were told to not bother as the gov't had given fletchers the contract to do all building work. a big business given the whole lot while other builders like us told no thanks.people have been waiting for help for nearly a year and tradesmen from up here were ready to help. national,never .
20/06/2011 11:51:04 a.m.
Hello alien, I have just looked again at this news story. Where does Mr Whitehead say he is owed $500,000 by the . The TV3 reporter said that but not Mr Whitehead who simply said he was owed $500,000 but does not say by whom. Before accusing people of being a liar please check your facts first.
17/06/2011 7:27:29 p.m.
Bill Gaskell wrote:
What a load of BOLLOCKS the idiot running EQC is in LALA land, I put in an invoice they agreed to in Sep 2010, it was paid in March 2011
17/06/2011 7:26:14 p.m.
good to see the truth coming out. So the person claiming EQC owed him $500,000 was a liar as it was only $80,000 he is owed of which some has already been paid.
17/06/2011 7:14:08 p.m.
Yet again a top story...both for tradesmen but those in the worst hit areas...I travelled into CHCH on Wednesday ...the North side was buisness as usual...I had to travel to the CBD but most buisnesses have since moved..had to...so why do we care about gardens in this area or rebuilding...It's about time we looked at those worst affected...those in the East...the Cathedral I'm sorry can wait...but those people can't...what's happening EQC...???
17/06/2011 6:35:02 a.m.
Are insurance assessors really getting $4,000 per week in Christchurch?
17/06/2011 12:16:09 a.m.
Eric Kleinedeters wrote:
I'm a self employed painter, and I'm about ready to close down the business due to EQC not paying up for work completed under the opt out scheme, I cannot get supplys as I cant pay my creditors therefore no work, house hold bills also piling up. EQC put full page ads in the local papers with updates including one that states contractors will be paid within 3 to 4 weeks, its not happening, I rang them for the 3rd time yesterday only to be told that emergency repair work is being paid out first, and they couldnt give a date on when Im going to be paid, I would class my case and many more tradies as an emergency as because if we cant trade then repair work cant go ahead therefore its going to be a long time for chch to rebuild. I cant see how hard it is for EQC to push a few buttons on internet banking and pay up or if its a staffing issue get more staff!! Ive almost had enough and australia looks a better option.
16/06/2011 8:07:05 p.m.
Clint Murphy wrote:
The day of the first earthquake, we had a builder take down my Mother's chimney. Within the first week he had repaired the roof and sent an account which was paid by my Mother's trust fund.
The account and receipt was forwarded to EQC for reimbursement. John Power in Brisbane was handling the file and said everything seemed fine. He asked for proof of who the lawyers were which was supplied by the law firm.
No payment has been forthcoming. My last email to EQC asking what was happening has never been answered.
So there you go, nine months later and still waiting.
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