across the New Zealand infrastructure sector could shed up to 30 per cent of
staff over the next 6 months unless immediate measures are taken to protect
workers and restart construction,” says Infrastructure NZ CEO Paul Blair.
have been speaking with a cross section of our 140+ members over the last two
weeks to better understand the impacts of the lockdown on their business and
the broader infrastructure sector.
and construction companies could let go of up to 30% of their staff within 3 months
under the current conditions.
6 months, those providing advisory and other support services will be in a
similar critical position.
construction sector was already in a precarious position, which the
Construction Sector Accord – an industry-government partnership – is working to
New Zealand has joined the Accord Steering Group. This Group is making positive
progress with the Government at the table, listening carefully and rapidly
considering ways to support the sector in these challenging and uncertain
industry is hoping for is that the kind of on-site health and safety protection
measures successfully employed in countries like Singapore and South Korea to
keep construction sites open, can be equally successfully applied here.
and ongoing Government subsidies might tide the industry over, but the clear
mood of the sector is for a staged reduction from Level 4 to 3 and down of the
we can agree measures around personal protection over the next 3 weeks, the
most essential construction projects could move down to Level 3, allowing work
infrastructure companies are talking about weeks rather than months before they
risk insolvency. Several have already taken extraordinary measures to cut
salaries and reduce employee hours.
infrastructure sector will be essential to New Zealand’s rebuild and recovery.
If we can mitigate infection risks and provide for a staged return of
construction, New Zealand can emerge from this crisis as quickly as possible,”
New Zealand is hosting a webinar at 4pm today, 31 March, where CEO Paul Blair
will provide more details from our discussions with industry and government
leaders as well as presenting the results of our online survey. He will also be
taking questions from attendees. Please click here to register for the webinar.
For further information and
comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436 or Sarah Lang on 021 733 434