TWU Garbos are building union power and gathering support from the community to tell waste contractor JJ Richards they will not let their pay and conditions be trashed.
Garbos on the Logan City Council contract have gathered massive support from fellow TWU members and the local community to back them in their fight for fair pay and conditions and a union EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) to secure these.
Your TWU presented a petition to Logan City Council with over 800 signatures, calling for garbos to be paid at the industry rate and demanding that JJ Richards sit down to negotiate an EBA for Logan garbos.
To date JJ Richards has used every trick in the book to get out of negotiating with the TWU for a union EBA on the Logan City contract.
Presenting the petition to Council TWU Waste Coordinator Craig Williams said that council is accountable and responsible for the pay and conditions of its waste workers and called for the council to make their contractor, JJ Richards, pay up and negotiate.
TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini reinforced the TWU commitment to push the issue and continue to fight together with our members in the waste industry.
‘Ultimately Council is in charge of their local waste collection and the ball is now in their court to make their contractor JJ Richards do the right thing.
‘We thank the TWU members and the people of Logan who have backed our campaign for their strong response and support of our members.’
Chris Garrard, TWU Delegate at JJ Richards Logan City said:
‘Thank you all for your support. Let’s keep up our ongoing fight for parity in our wages and a fair EBA. Being TWU is important and unity in our workplace is what can get us across the line.’
ALL IN THE FIGHT TOGETHER: FROM BRISBANE TO MACKAY AND BEYOND
‘The fact is that waste workers around the state and across Australia are all in this fight together,’ Peter said.
‘Whenever council contracts change hands there is a risk that JJ Richards can pick up the business and when they do, JJ Richards should remember that they’re also going into business with the TWU whether they like it or not.
‘We are not going away: we back our members 100 percent and will hold JJ Richards and councils to account on garbos’ pay and conditions across the state.
‘In addition to pay and conditions JJ Richards attacks workers’ basic right to be union and continues to worm their way out of negotiating with us for union EBAs. We will continue the fight.’
In Mackay, the council in their infinite wisdom has awarded the contract to JJ Richards and the TWU is educating this and any other council who uses JJ Richards on how this contractor must be dealt with.
The TWU has publically called out JJ Richards to guarantee that when they take over the Mackay contract on 28 February 2015 that no waste workers will lose their jobs and there will be no loss of pay and conditions.
The TWU has strongly urged JJ Richards to:
maintain employment of all Mackay garbos with no job losses on change of contract; and
negotiate with the TWU in good faith for a union agreement for Mackay waste workers.
To fight for the rights of QLD waste workers, TWU of QLD is running a campaign in the waste industry in council areas where contractors have attacked pay and conditions of waste workers: including their basic Australian right to be union.
TWU waste industry campaigns are ready to roll out in any area where the pay and conditions of waste workers are attacked by an existing contractor or a new contractor when waste contracts change hands.