Following the Government’s publication of ‘key workers’, many of our clients within the utilities sector have deemed their projects to satisfy the criteria within this publication, despite it being obvious that the continuation of the works in question are not ‘essential’. This is making them reluctant to issue an instruction to stop the works.
To date we’ve raised several EWNs concerning COVID-19 e.g. supply chain issues, not being able to consistently adhere to the Government’s advice, questioning the criticality of the works etc. and yet, we’ve received not instruction from the PM under 19.1 on how to deal with the FME.
Are the Employer’s and PM’s actions correct under the contract?