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Tools Locked In As Perth Tradies Locked Out

Fed up tradies have pushed through fences and security guards to take back their tools after construction company Cooper and Oxley suspended work and locked gates at all their projects.

The builder locked down all their sites after telling workers no further work would be undertaken due to cost blow-outs, casting doubt over whether contractors would even be paid for work already done.

According to PerthNow, workers were told to email the company itemising tools they had on site, and the company claimed arrangements would be made for their retrieval.

By Tuesday morning, after not hearing back from Cooper and Oxley, hamstrung tradies took matters into their own hands and forced their way in.

Armadale tradie Darcy told 96FM’s Paul & Lise that some workers could easily lose up to $1000 per day by not having their tools.

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WAtoday reported that the 60-year-old company has delivered more than $2 billion in projects over the past decade, including Baldivis Senior College, Byford Secondary College, Butler train station, Cockburn Gateway, Scarborough Beach Pool, Perth's Aldi stores and the Belmont Forum redevelopment.

Current projects by Cooper & Oxley include the hotel and cinema development on Hay Street and the Hollywood Hospital Theatre Expansion in Nedlands.

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