Before even talking about an agreement, most subcontractors need to see the plans between the contractor and the customer. As a general rule, the subcontractor must approve a confidentiality agreement stipulating that all plans that it can consult remain confidential. Subsequently, the contractor usually accepts offers from subcontractors for the work. Sometimes there may be a misunderstanding or dispute between the contractor and the subcontractor. These documents deal with this scenario in “XIII. Dispute Settlement”. If both parties need to agree to a “mandatory arbitration” procedure to resolve a dispute, select the first control box. If both have to accept a non-binding arbitration procedure, select the second check box. If they need to go through a “mediation” procedure instead, activate the third control box and indicate whether they need to enter “binding arbitration” or “dispute” to settle the case. Well, in the fourteenth article (“XIV. As soon as an agreement has been reached (“master contract”), the contractor knows the schedule, the amount of resources and the scope of work for the entire project. The contractor must consult with the subcontractor on the date, responsibilities and liabilities of its tasks, since they concern the entire project. The subcontractor must know the precise specifications of what the customer and the contractor are trying to build.
This is often referred to as a “work volume” which allows for a layout of the necessary materials and supports. The subcontractor can then make an estimate and submit an offer to the contractor in the hope of obtaining the work among other subcontractors looking for the same job. This proposal will only become a binding contract when the contractor and subcontractor have read the final product, checked all annexes and signed their names below. . . .