“The TWU stands by our members working on the waste contract in Mackay one hundred percent,” TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“The TWU will hold the new contractor, JJ Richards to account on the living wages, working conditions and job security of our members.
“The TWU will be seeking a guarantee from new contractor, JJ Richards, that all waste workers on the Mackay contract keep their jobs when contracts change hands and that no waste worker is sacked by the new company.
“We will then seek to commence negotiations with new contractor JJ Richards for a fair union agreement which maintains no loss of pay and conditions for these workers.”
As waste contracts change hands there is the very real danger that local workers can lose their jobs and/or if rehired under the new company be forced to accept lower pay and inferior working conditions.
This has happened in other QLD council jurisdictions and is occurring not only in QLD but across Australia.
To fight for the rights of waste workers in QLD, The Transport Workers Union 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.
The TWU urges JJ Richards to:
- maintain employment of all Mackay garbos with no job losses on change of contract; and
- to negotiate with the TWU in good faith for a union agreement for Mackay waste workers.
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