Logan residents have told waste contractor JJ Richards to stop their un-Australian attack on local garbos: with over 800people signing the petition to tell JJ Richards to pay garbos the proper industry rate and stop stalling negotiations with the TWU.

“The Transport Workers’ Union stands by our garbos in Logan in their fight for a fair wage and a union agreement,” TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.

“JJ Richards pays Logan garbos less than the industry rate. Why do they think Logan workers are worth less?

“Also these workers are entitled to a union agreement, a basic Australian right. The TWU has been fighting for a union agreement for Logan garbos and JJ Richards has used every trick in the book to avoid coming to the table to negotiate with us.”

Tomorrow the TWU will present Logan City Council with over 800 signatures on petitions which seek to make JJ Richards pay Logan garbos industry rate and negotiate for a union agreement.

“Now that Logan locals have spoken, the TWU call on Logan City Council to listen to the people of Logan and give their garbos the fair pay and conditions they deserve.

“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 people of Logan for their strong response and support of our members.”

The facts:

  •  JJ Richards is Australia’s largest privately owned waste company, with Chief Executive John Richards’ family wealth increasing from $283 million to $305 million in one year through the sweat of local working people: who make the company $324,000 per year revenue for each worker.
  • JJ Richards rips the guts out of local communities where they take from the battlers to fund their big business and the Liberal National Party (LNP), tripling their donation to the LNP in one year to around $250,000.
  • JJ Richards have denied their workers on the Logan City Council waste contract the right to a fair union agreement by refusing to negotiate with the TWU.

The TWU calls on JJ Richards to enter negotiations in good faith for waste workers on the Logan City Council contract.


 Media contact: Tanie Harris Sansey 0411 875 910 / Sarah Mawhinney 0413 738 841

 Media opportunity: TWU officials available for comment.



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