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Giant companies who have stopped work on Melbourne's $11 billion Metro rail tunnel could find themselves missing out on other huge Victorian infrastructure projects.
Premier Daniel Andrews has warned the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium they could also end up in court to enforce the contract they signed to build the tunnel.
The consortium - which includes companies John Holland, LendLease, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital - shut down their two boring machines yesterday as a dispute over costs escalated.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews touring a Metro Tunnel construction site in November. (AAP)
"This is a pretty obvious tactic from some giant building companies who are very keen to get some more money out of Victorian taxpayers," Mr Andrews told reporters in Melbourne today.
"This is some profitable businesses, one of which is for sale, playing a pretty obvious card."
When asked if the dispute could end up in court, the premier replied, "Ultimately, if contracts are not honoured, that's exactly where these things finish up."
Mr Andrews also warned the consortium that their behaviour on this deal would be taken into account for tenders on the $16.5 billion North East Link toll road.
An eastbound section of Melbourne's Flinders Street will be shut for more than two years for underground work on a pedestrian walkway between train stations. (AAP)"We run individual tender processes, but any tender of course looks for companies that have got a track record of actually delivering, not necessarily a track record of quite obvious tactical game-playing," he said.
The Cross Yarra Partnership was awarded the main tunnelling contract in 2017 after a tender process.
The companies cannot comment on the dispute or they could be fined, so they directed AAP questions to the consortium.
The Cross Yarra Partnership also cannot comment on the dispute as part of a deal with Rail Projects Victoria, which is a Victorian government agency.
Rail Projects Victoria today left Mr Andrews' comments to speak for themselves, leaving no one to speak about the dispute apart from the premier.
The CFMMEU said John Holland had suspended works, adding it was unknown who will wear the costs of the digging delays.
More than 40 workers from the tunnelling project have been sent to "training" by John Holland for the next few weeks, the union said.
It is unknown when they will return to work.
CFMEU Victoria secretary John Setka. (AAP)"If the CFMEU shut down a project for no justifiable reason we would be fined tens of thousands of dollars," CFMMEU Victoria secretary John Setka said yesterday.
Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said taxpayers keep picking up the bill for the premier's incompetence.
"Every single major project Daniel Andrews has turned his hand to, the costs have blown out and they've often been delayed," he told reporters.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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