5 November 2020

UPDATED: More than 40 suburbs affected as garbage truck drivers expand strike

| Dominic Giannini
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Suez garbage truck drivers on strike in Canberra last Monday. Photo: TWU NSW.

A truck drivers’ strike scheduled for next Monday (9 November) has been expanded and will now impact garbage pickup on Tuesday as well.

Originally, only 23 suburbs were affected by the strike. Now a total of 40 will have their service disrupted.

The move comes after this week’s industrial action failed to end a dispute between Suez and the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

Suburbs that have a Monday household waste and recycling bin collection are advised that their bins will be collected on Tuesday, 10 November instead of Monday, 9 November.

Residents are encouraged to leave their bins on the kerb until collected.

However, suburbs that have a Tuesday household waste and recycling bins collection are advised that their bins will not be collected on Tuesday and missed collections will not be caught up.

Monday rubbish collection will be affected in:

  • Chapman – waste
  • Chifley – waste and recycling
  • Coombs – waste
  • Curtin – waste
  • Denman Prospect – waste
  • Duffy – waste
  • Farrer – waste and recycling
  • Fisher – waste
  • Greenway – waste and recycling
  • Holder – waste
  • Kambah – waste and recycling
  • Lyons – waste and recycling
  • Mawson – waste and recycling
  • Oxley – waste and recycling
  • Pearce – waste and recycling
  • Rivett – waste
  • Stirling – waste
  • Torrens – waste and recycling
  • Uriarra Village – waste
  • Waramanga – waste
  • Weston – waste
  • Wright – waste
  • Yarralumla – waste.

Rubbish collection on Tuesday will not take place in:

  • Banks – waste and recycling
  • Bonython – waste and recycling
  • Calwell – waste and recycling
  • Conder – waste and recycling
  • Chisholm – waste
  • Fadden – waste
  • Garran – waste
  • Gilmore – waste
  • Gordon – waste and recycling
  • Gowrie – waste
  • Isaacs – waste
  • Isabella Plains – waste and recycling
  • Macarthur – waste
  • Monash – waste
  • O’Malley – waste
  • Phillip – waste
  • Richardson – waste and recycling
  • Tharwa – waste and recycling
  • Theodore – waste and recycling
  • Wanniassa – waste

Green waste bin services, bulky waste collections and the wheeled bin assistance service are unaffected by the industrial action and will continue as normal.

The following temporary rubbish only drop-off sites will be available from Saturday, 7 November until Sunday, 15 November for excess household waste of up to three large plastic bags to be disposed of for free between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm:

  • Woden – Easty Street, Between Smith Family Carpark and Callum Offices
  • Gordon – McGilvray Close
  • Calwell – Calwell Neighbourhood Oval off Outtrim Avenue
  • Waramanga – Walpiri Place, off Namatjira Drive
  • Kambah – 66 Springbett Street, near the tennis courts
  • Gowrie – 7 Finlay Place, near the Scout Hall
  • Weston – Hilder Street, at the Weston Neighbourhood Oval.

Alternatively, from Saturday, 7 November until Sunday, 15 November, three large plastic garbage bags can be disposed of for free at the Resource Management Centres between 7.30 am and 5:00 pm:

  • Symonston – Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, Mugga Lane
  • Mitchell – Mitchell Resource Management Centre, Flemington Road.

The TWU is pushing for drivers to receive a 4 per cent yearly wage increase. Suez is currently offering a 2 per cent increase in the first year, followed by a 3 per cent increase in both the second and third years.

The minimum hourly wage for ACT truck drivers is $37.28 under the current arrangement, Suez said.

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Capital Retro6:18 pm 05 Nov 20

Can another drop-off point be nominated? I am thinking of that place in London Circuit called the Legislative Assembly.

We should all receive a reduction in our ever increasing rates in exchange for delivering our own garbage to the garbage disposal points and doing the job the ACT government is collecting rates for.

$37.28 an hour? That’s about $68 000. Those poor drivers must be living hand to mouth.

Capital Retro9:17 am 06 Nov 20

Plus generous superannuation, holidays etc. I still give them a six pack of beer at Christmas time.

Next time the tender process is underway, you can automatically exclude this useless mob.

Bins are constantly put down only to fall over or be hanging off the side of the gutters, truck drivers drive dangerous around some very small and narrow streets. Cant wait till they are replaced with competent workers.

The same suburbs get hit two weeks in a row so the drivers can have two long weekends in a row.

Forget any sympathy for your claims. I’m sure many from the affected suburbs will now firmly be on the employer’s side.

Hopefully with the pandemic there will be people desperate for work. Replace all the drivers.

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