9 November 2020

Garbage lines extend for kilometres as drivers strike again

| Dominic Giannini
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Mugga Lane queue

The line to the Mugga Lane tip extended for kilometres over the weekend. Photo: Facebook.

The line to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre extended for kilometres over the weekend, with some Canberrans waiting almost an hour to drop their rubbish off.

Rubbish piled up at the tip as garbage truck drivers went on strike for the second consecutive week, affecting Monday and Tuesday collections this week.

Residents have had to drop off their own rubbish and recycling at Symonston and Mitchell with no catch-up collections for those who missed out last Monday (2 November) and this Tuesday (10 November).

Hundreds of angry Canberrans took to social media to lash out, calling the consecutive strikes unfair.

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“Seriously, one week I was OK with, two weeks and hitting the same suburbs is just a joke,” Lisa Dean wrote.

“Try hitting somewhere else this time or better yet, do a make up run at the very least. We know what point you are making but it’s a bit unfair to strike the same areas twice in a row.”

Monday’s rubbish (9 November) will be collected on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s scheduled collection will not be picked up this week.

Garbage strike

A garbage truck driver strike will impact more than 40 suburbs across the ACT. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

Families with two bins and a large amount of rubbish were just as annoyed, only being allowed to drop off three free bags to the tip.

Others cannot even access the free drop off because of difficulties proving residency.

“My son … cannot prove they live in an affected suburb because they have only been renting there for under two months,” Majella Kesby said.

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Some Canberrans also took issue with the principle of the strike, criticising drivers on more than $37 an hour asking for more money during a recession. But some still stood behind the drivers, chastising Suez for exercising “corporate greed”.

The drivers’ union is pushing for a 4 per cent yearly wage increase and paid breaks.

“Suez has been negotiating with the TWU in good faith for several months,” the company said in a statement.

“Suez is proposing wage increases of 2 per cent in 2021, 3 per cent in 2022 and 3 per cent in 2023. The company believes this offer is reasonable and fair given the current economic circumstances in Australia where [the consumer price index] over the 12 months to September rose just 0.7 per cent.

“Meanwhile, the CPI forecast for 2020–21 is 1.75 per cent.”

More information on the affected suburbs and free drop off options available can be found here.

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russianafroman2:21 pm 13 Nov 20

Driving around in an AIR CONDITIONED truck, playing music and having a good time getting paid 37 DOLLARS AN HOUR for doing NOTHING, not even having to TOUCH a single bin or piece of rubbish. Watch as they purposely knock over your bins, completely full of it, getting paid 40 dollars an hour doing absolutely nothing. These are the most privileged workers in Australia. I have never seen such undeserving folk. And now they throw a tantrum because they want even more money? What kind of exploitation of the system is this? This is what happens when you tell your kid that crying gets you whatever you want in life. And they know this to be true. Can’t wait for these folk to be IRRELEVANT once technology comes and replaces them. Maybe then they’ll have to sell some of their jet skis or one of their Audis to keep above the water. Rich bastards demanding more money. Get a load of them.

This makes me absolutely sick. With 2 degrees I only wish I could make that sort of money and these clowns are going on strike to demand more! An in a recession to boot! $37 an hour is well above the median wage and is way too much for their work, they need a pay cut. How dare they demand that they are worth more than other people who do just as difficult, if not more difficult work. The government needs to pass some laws that prevent people above the median wage from striking like this. We also need to get rid of unions in this country, they always demand too much which ends up backfiring and results in jobs being lost because the business is unprofitable or jobs getting outsourced to other countries or getting automated away. They have lost their purpose and need to be closed. And you know what, by engaging in this idiocy they will only speed up their own demise. With self-driving vehicles on the way you can bet companies will be investing heavily to get them operational so they don’t have to deal with these clowns anymore. What a joke!

HiddenDragon8:57 pm 10 Nov 20

Meanwhile, in the other Territory, another re-elected Labor government is actually showing some intestinal fortitude when it comes to taxpayer funded incomes –


There’s been a lot of sloganeering about how “we’re all in this together”, and some sharp comments locally from Andrew Barr about people who thought they were going to “skate through”, but the concept of shared sacrifice seems to be very selectively applied in practice.

What’s the correlation? The article is talking about employees of the NT government. You do realise garbage collection here is contracted out and the dispute is between that company and its employees. Andrew Barr had no say in it. In fact as head of the ACT government he is as much a “victim” of the industrial action as rate payers are.

Again, sack every last TWU member and hire people who want to work as contractors. Plenty of people looking for a job these days.

Nurses get $31.50/hour
Just saying

Should be illegal for these thugs to strike

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