Perth Airport Corporation has taken the unusual step of guaranteeing the wages of nearly 50 construction workers on the new terminal development, after they yesterday walked off the job to protest unpaid wages.
The ceiling fixers downed tools claiming they were owed a total of $150,000 in wages by contractor Concealed Interior and Exterior.
The airport stepped in to guarantee the wages after a dispute about who owed the money to the workers.
Perth airport chief executive Brad Geatches, who met with principal contractor Broad Construction and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, said it was a dispute between Broad and a subcontractor.
Mr Geatches said Broad had paid all monies due to the subcontractor under the contracts but Perth Airport "gave an undertaking to ensure that all subcontractor's employees are paid".
But Concealed said it had paid wages to most of its direct staff but could not guarantee wages had been paid to about 10 ceiling fixers it hired through another subcontractor called LS Ceilings.Concealed claimed it had paid LS Ceilings.