Engineers working on an advanced green energy installation say they’d be “better off in jail” after being given meals riddled with maggots.
The Snowy Hydro 2.0 project is set to be is the largest renewable energy project in Australia. Workers are drilling a giant 17-mile tunnel to link two existing dams, Tantangara and Talbingo, and building a new underground power station.
But after a hard day’s work in tough conditions beneath the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, the workers claim they are tired and hungry – and they say the on-site catering leaves a lot to be desired.
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The Australian Workers’ Union has released pictures allegedly taken in the staff canteen, which show a steak with more than one good-sized maggot embedded in it.
Another image uploaded to social media by workers at the $4.5billion (£2.5bn) site shows a potato cake that also appears to be infested with grubs.
Tony Callinan, the union’s New South Wales secretary, told 7News that the dodgy catering is just one example of the alleged poor management on the site.
“Supermax prisoners are served better food than the workers building Snowy Hydro 2.0,” he said.
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He added: “You have workers living, literally locked up in a camp with limited recreational facilities in the middle of nowhere, being fed maggot-infested food.
“The site has an abysmal safety record,” he said, “It’s an absolute pressure cooker right now.”
He went on to say that many of the workers were boycotting the canteen and making to with tins of tuna and Pot Noodles, and several had threatened to quit altogether.
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“The problem is the joint venture who was awarded the contract is pinching every penny they can to try to improve their profit margin,” Mr Callinan said.
He said that the AWU had also received several reports of dangerous breaches of health and safety regulations, and that the entire site is “a tragedy waiting to happen”.
The Daily Star has contacted Snowy Hydro for a comment on the allegations but has yet to receive a reply.
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