Civil work company mum on staff hunt

MICHAEL BERRY
Last updated 05:00 15/09/2012

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Christchurch-based construction company Fulton Hogan is on the hunt for workers, but doesn't want to talk about it yet.

The company has advertised a recruitment open day for Saturday, September 22, calling for all sorts of skilled civil works staff.

However, when approached by The Press for more details, the company refused.

Fulton Hogan is part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt), an alliance of leading civil works companies, the government and the Christchurch City Council.

The alliance will rebuild half of the city's underground infrastructure, roads and bridges at a cost of about $2.2 billion over the next five years.

At the peak of the rebuild, Scirt will spend $40 million a month and operate 150 work sites around the city.

Scirt had been due to launch a recruitment drive for unskilled workers on Thursday evening at the Wigram Air Force Museum, but that was cancelled a few days before. A spokesman said it was because "some of the key participants were unavailable".

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee was supposed to officiate at the launch, but when contacted on Thursday his press secretary said he knew nothing about it.

Brownlee and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the largest education shake-up in the city's history on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Fulton Hogan is holding its recruitment day at the BNZ Business Rooms, Sir William Pickering Dr, between 10am and 3pm on September 22.

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