Keeping Pace

Keeping pace with the new elite labourers in the building industry

'HEY Brett!" The call goes out from gun carpenters Morrie and Ryan to the 19-year-old, and he is running. Brett is running all day. Everybody is running. Within a week they have backyard-blitzed the place.
The level of intensity of work that this team generates even on days when the temperature hits 46 takes me by surprise. Twenty-five years ago I laboured on the urban building sites of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and after the mandatory viewing of television home building shows, I thought that replacing a roof, building a 100sq m deck and a new elevated extension to the house should be a breeze for the school holidays.