The developers of the Jewel project in Surfers Paradise have rejected claims of mass job losses because of a change in the construction schedule.
Workers were called to a meeting on site this morning following reports Yuhu Group was considering dumping construction company Multiplex as project builder.
This lead to fears that more than 900 jobs could be at risk with some workers claiming they had been told that they will finish up on the project next week.
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A spokesperson for Yuhu Group told myGC that Multiplex remains the major project partner, but that it would look at other options for a section of the development.
Yuhu Groups became sole owner of the project earlier this year through its associate company AWH Investment Group and immediately began looking at alterations.
The company revealed plans to increase the space for dining and bar areas and attract world-class retailers to the site.
In a statement, Yuhu Group confirmed there would be changes to the original plans for some of the lower levels.
“The final design and configuration elements of the lower podium levels of the hotel – excluding the 169 hotel rooms – are yet to be finalised.”
“As a result, this work will be carried out later in the construction schedule and will be subject to new tendering opportunities.”
The company has dismissed claims that the changes would result in hundreds of people losing their jobs.
“The Jewel is about creating jobs and economic opportunity, not costing jobs. Regardless of scheduling, at the end of the day the work will still need to be done,” the spokesman said.
The company claims the project has directly supported more than 2,000 jobs a year during construction and more than 1,000 indirectly.
Yuhu says despite changes to the construction schedule the project is still on track to be complete by mid-2019.
Comment has been sought from Multiplex and the CFMEU.