Legal action lodged in a bid to stop the planned garbage strikes protests that the strike does not comply with the requirements of the Fair Work Act (according to an article in the Canberra Times).
Sita Australia lodged the claim to the Fair Work Commission, hoping to stop planned industrial action.
At this stage, planned strikes will go ahead according to Transport Workers Union secretary Klaus Pinkas, who has commented on the silence from Sita in recent negotiations.
According to Mr Pinkas, workers are $100 to $150 per week worse off under a new pay arrangement, which came into effect when Sita took over the garbage collection contract in October last year.
Luke Shcpen, Corporate Affairs Manager for Sita, denies that drivers are working the same hours to less money.
In preparation for the strike, fees on household waste drop offs at the Mitchell and Mugga tips will be waived on the days of action and opening hours at the two centres will be extended to 6pm.
Suburbs expected to be affected by the strike action are Amaroo, Bonner, Cook, Crace, Dunlop, Forde, Gungahlin, Hawker, Higgins, Holt, Jacka, Latham, Macgregor, Macquarie, Moncrieff, Ngunnawal, Palmerston, Scullin and Weetangara. Collections may also be missed at Aranda, Belconnen, Bruce, Casey, Charnwood, Dunlop, Evatt, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Fyshwick, Giralang, Hall, Kaleen, Lawson, McKellar, Melba, Nicholls, North Lyneham, Page and Spence.