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Labour charges

Selwa Nandan, Lautoka
Monday, July 24, 2017

A concern was raised about the safety standard of electrical works carried out by unlicensed electricians.

It has been observed that because of the dearth of skilled tradesmen in the construction industry and to capitalise on the increasing demand, some of these under qualified workers, who were once ordinary labourers have suddenly elevated themselves as first grade electricians, plumbers, welders, builders, etc.

Not only that but their charges have also increased exorbitantly.

For instance, a carpenter, who used to work for $4 an hour is now demanding $70 - $80 per day.

In most cases the plumbing and welding jobs are performed without any approved plan.

Hence there is no check on their conformance. It is well known that some of them operate in the shadows of informal economy.

Comparatively the labour cost is becoming exceedingly higher than the material component. I believe they are taking undue advantage of an unregulated market.

Such unfair practices cannot be allowed to prevail unchecked given its impact on the cost of construction.

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