IN EARLY JULY, your TWU took the fight for a better deal for waste workers to the streets of Jimboomba, Munruben and Cedar Grove, door-knocking the community to raise awareness of the issues their JJ Richards waste drivers’ face.
Over three days your TWU collected over 300 signatures from members
of the community at their doorsteps, in the streets and at the local train stations, with an overwhelmingly positive response.
During the course of the three days, over 200 stickers were distributed amongst supportive community members who were only too keen to show their support and stand up for their local garbo.
‘JJ Richards simply refuse to allow their drivers to negotiate to secure an agreement that locks in job security and fairness,’ TWU Waste Coordinator Craig Williams said. ‘This is a company that prides itself on being Australian owned but it clearly has no idea about the Aussie tradition of a fair go for all.’
‘Everyone we spoke to was really supportive of the campaign and since word about the campaign has started to spread there are now over 500 stickers in the local community supporting the drivers,’ Craig said.
The community actions are part of a broader campaign to allow drivers to negotiate an agreement with improved wages and conditions for them, their mates and their families.
‘Organising to win isn’t just about the guys in the yards any more,’ Assistant State Secretary Scott Connolly said. ‘We need to be smarter about the way we organise to gain community support for issues that have a real impact on the local community.’
The campaign has also seen support coming from candidates for the next state election.
ALP candidate for Woodridge Cameron Dick recently addressed delegates when he took the pledge to support local garbos in Logan.
‘As well as gaining support from the local community it’s important to know that we have support from those that will be in a position to directly influence laws whch affect workers in the future,’ Scott said. ‘It was fantastic to have Cameron address delegates who had been out door-knocking members of the community and then take the pledge to support local garbos.’
‘Drivers have been really chuffed with the support they have received,’ Craig said. ‘It’s incredibly powerful to know that there are people you may not even know who are willing to take a stand for fairness to help these drivers and their families get a better deal.’
Want to support our garbos’ campaign?
► Go to www.twuqld.org.au and sign our garbos’ petition or
► Call us on 1800 804 533.