A contract is let, with an agreed target for completion of an accepted programme within 2 weeks of signature. The contractor repeatedly fails to issue a programme for acceptance, or if he does it cannot be accepted as it does not meet the acceptance criteria and the Project Manager is therefore unable to accept it. This situation runs for some weeks. The contractor continues failing to issue, or if he does issue, to get the programme accepted and the project has moved on some way. The contractors latest programme issued for acceptance is created to try and represent the situation at the start of the contract some 3 months ago. The contractor states that the PM needs to accept this programme as the CL 31 issue first and he will then issue a new programme for acceptance (CL 32) that takes into account all of the events, delays, CE’s etc that have occurred since the start of the project.
Can / should the PM accept the “backdated” programme? or
Should the Contractors Programme only be accepted if it is current and reflects the events to date?
The remedies available related to withholding payment of 25% doesnt seem to be motivating the Contractor!!