Melbourne tunnel workers losing jobs because of contaminated landChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 23, 2020
More than 100 workers constructing part of Melbourne's West Gate Tunnel will lose their jobs because of contaminated land and the state government is furious.
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Transurban is delivering the alternative to the city's heavily-congested West Gate Bridge with builders CPB Contractors and John Holland.
The government had expected that if any issues arose with building, workers could be deployed to another part of the tunnel or a different state government-funded project, rather than be laid off.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan says she has vented her frustration with Transurban boss Scott Charlton over the debacle.
"This is an incredibly disappointing decision. I'm disappointed and can I say, angry," she told reporters in Melbourne.
Ms Allan referred to the businesses delivering the project to explain why they deemed the job cuts necessary.
But joint venture builders CPB Contractors and John Holland said all inquiries should be directed to the government. ■