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24Sep92 UK: JOINT CONTRACTS TRIBUNAL CAUSES STORM WITH BUILDERS BY NOT ISSUING DOMESTIC SUBCONTRACT.

The Joint Contracts Tribunal has angered subcontractors by confirming it will not issue its own form of domestic subcontract.The decision has widened the rift between subcontractor organisations and the Building Employers Confederation.The subcontractors' confederation, Cases, is due to meet tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the issue and it is likely to consider moves to make life tougher for the builders within the JCT.One proposal expected to be discussed is a move to block all changes within the JCT that are in the interests of the builders.The Cases meeting is also expected to examine the role of the JCT. It wants the tribunal to be fully representative of the whole of the construction industry rather than a body reviewing the relationship between the builders and their clients.Casec secretary, Rudi Klein, said: 'We believe that this is a serious issue and that the JCT must issue a domestic subcontract form because its credibility is at stake.'Between 65 and 70 per cent of work in construction is done under domestic forms of contract and there is no industry body providing a standard contract form for this majority of work.'But the builders still insist that the role of the JCT should remain the same.Subcontractors have also been angered recently by BEC moves to seek modified terms of reference for the Government's planned review of construction procurement.