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QLD Waste Industry In Crisis: National Tribunal Comes To Brisbane

Release date: 15/07/2015

TWU QLD MEDIA RELEASE, 15 July 2015

The Queensland waste industry will be under scrutiny tomorrow with the national Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) coming to Brisbane to conduct an inquiry into issues affecting garbage collection services and public safety.

“The TWU backs our members 100 percent who provide an essential service our state could not do without,” TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini said.

“The workers who perform this essential service are the ones who know best the issues that need to be addressed in the industry. TWU members will be at the RSRT to bring attention to the issues that are compromising public safety and Queenslanders’ waste collection service.”

The RSRT will be in Brisbane for two days, with site inspection of waste yards occurring today and a hearing taking place tomorrow on Thursday 16 July. QLD waste workers will be in attendance together with their TWU.

“On behalf of our members, the TWU here in QLD will make sure that our waste workers get their issues on the national agenda,” Mr Biagini said.

Key issues which workers backed by the TWU will raise at the Tribunal are:
  • Workers pushed to drive longer hours which leads to fatigue, the primary cause of road accidents
  • Poor maintenance on garbage trucks
  • A race to the bottom in conditions, safety and quality of service for residents with second tier
  • companies forcing workers to get the same work done in a faster time frame
  • Trucks being overweight, with no accurate way to weigh the waste in a vehicle

The RSRT have also taken submissions for the Oil Fuel and Gas industry and are meeting again in August when further statements will be taken from QLD workers in the sector who are TWU members.

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