Union industrial action over enterprise bargaining negotiations is slowing down electrical contractors, resulting in a delay to the completion of the new Charles Darwin University Education and Community Precinct.
Local builders Halikos were awarded the building contract in October 2021.
Electrical Trade Union members at Nilsen, the electrical subcontractors to Halikos, are involved in industrial action, which has caused a delay in the handover of the building to Charles Darwin University.
The delay in handover means that the opening of the building, which was scheduled for July 2024, will be postponed.
It is now expected that the building will be open later in 2024, with teaching planned to commence in summer semester.
Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman said it was disappointing that the opening had to be delayed.
“It is extremely disappointing that the opening of the new Education and Community Precinct has to be delayed,” Professor Bowman said.
“A delay in the handover compromises our ability to start teaching in second semester, and we are now planning for teaching to start in summer semester.”
The Education and Community Precinct will be home to Charles Darwin University, the CDU Art Gallery and the Northern Territory Library.