Waste Operators March On Central Coast Council
Release date: 3/06/2016
TWU NSW MEDIA RELEAES, 3 June 2016
Local waste operators marched on the Gosford offices of the new Central Coast super council today seeking a meeting with Administrator Ian Reynolds to break the impasse that is leaving bins on the kerbs and local families out of pocket.
Indefinite industrial action began yesterday and is affecting all suburbs and communities across the Central Coast, with bins left on the kerbside.
“Super Council Administrator Ian Reynolds might not have created this problem, but he is the only one who can fix it,” Mr Olsen said.
“It’s a shame he couldn’t find time in his diary to meet with striking waste operators who are desperate to get back to work and pick up the trash that’s lining up across the Central Coast.
“68 local waste operators are not seeking bumper pay rises, all they are looking for is guarantees around their jobs and conditions in the new tender for council waste services which we understand is being finalised by the Council right now.
“We know that Campbelltown City Council have inserted clauses into their waste service tenders that protect local jobs, existing workers and their conditions. It’s been done before and it can and must be done on the Central Coast.
“Industrial action is a last resort by local waste operators, who are desperate to protect their jobs and their ability to support their families.”
Local waste operator Ian Hankinson said that they don’t want to inconvenience their neighbours and the community but had been left with no choice.
“We want the Administrator to fix this so we can get back to work in the community we love,” Mr Hankinson said.
“It’s a shame that it has come to this. We’ve exhausted every other avenue over the past year. This is about all of our abilities to keep a roof over our families heads, pay the bills and put some money into the local economy.
“We’ve all got families to support and we’re not being paid while we’re on strike, but this is about making sure locals like us still have jobs in a years’ time. We hope the community of the Coast understands where we are coming from.”
Mr Olsen said that while industrial action was ongoing, waste operators were ready to go back to work as soon as they got written guarantees their jobs would be protected in the new tender process.
“Local waste operators love the Coast and they love their work, but they’ve been backed into a corner,” Mr Olsen said.
“Waste operators are simply seeking guarantees for local jobs on the Central Coast and safeguards in the new tender. We want to make sure dodgy outside operators don’t come barging in, putting their unsafe trucks on our streets.”
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