The other day I was chatting to a painting contractor client of ours
He was telling me about a large painting project he is currently working on. As usual the build is seriously behind on programme and despite the weekly programme meetings and programme revisions, the completion date is fast approaching with many areas still not ready for decoration.
Despite this, the site manager and contracts manager is demanding that they put more and more painters on site, even though areas are not ready and painters cannot work efficiently. Plastering still not finished, rooms only part fixed with skirtings/architraves AND they want to get the floor finishes installed.
My Client said that at the last programme meeting, he told the Contractor site management team that the new programme revisions were not viable and that there needed to be either an extension of time or 'acceleration costs'
You can imagine the reaction he got!!!
The site manager did the usual 'bullying' tactic, threatening to kick my client off the job and bring in another painting contractor for which he would be counter charged.
Why do site managers do this? Do they not understand the legalities of 'contact determination' and 'breach of contract'?