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Garbage trucks on London Circuit

By johnboy - 17 October 2013 34

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Looks like a blockade of the Legislative Assembly and garbage not being picked up as it should.

Anyone know more?

As it comes to hand we’ll let you know.

(Thanks to Harold for the picture)

UPDATE: TAMS have confirmed it was indeed a garbage strike. They promise the garbage will be collected and hope the garbos will play nice in future.

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34 Responses to
Garbage trucks on London Circuit
dph 12:03 am 18 Oct 13

Surely there are more sensible & intelligent ways of standing up for your rights?

screaming banshee 8:16 pm 17 Oct 13

Looks like a waaambulance convention

thatsnotme 7:15 pm 17 Oct 13

JC said :

johnboy said :

Provision for them to move at $200 a week less pay IIRC, hence the winning bid!

They still have a job at the end of the day, something that the incoming company has seen to, which is over and above what they are expected to do.

Now what I am saying may sound a tad hash and a tad uncaring, but in reality what is the answer? Different companies have different rates of pay and different working conditions. Indeed even in the public service world different departments can have significant pay differences for the same work, so not related to private sector either.

PS must have been a short strike cause the bin got emptied today. Unlike last week where they came the next day for what ever reason.

Indeed what you’re saying does sound a tad harsh. I wouldn’t put the willingness of the new contractor to give existing drivers a job down to a rush of kindness on Sita’s behalf either. Each driver who moves to the new contractor comes with training and skills in the role, and saves Sita a bucketload of money in training and recruitment costs.

I’ve got no idea what your average garbo is paid – but I’d guess it’s not a whole lot. If the $200/week figure is accurate, that’s a big pay cut in anyone’s books. Gratitude that you’ve now got a shittier paying job won’t pay the bills.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this contract plays out. If decent drivers leave for other driving jobs, it’s not like there’s going to be a queue out the door of drivers waiting for their chance to win a job with crap pay. If the ACT Government have simply seen the dollar signs and gone for the cheapest bidder, they’ll have no-one else to blame when garbage strikes are the new norm…

damien haas 6:40 pm 17 Oct 13

Oversimply the current arrangement has a driver on a 4 day week plus 1 day of overtime. the new contract provider wants drivers on 5 day weeks with no extra day of overtime. Thus costing the workers the overtime for that 5th day if they choose to work for the new contract provider.

JC 5:35 pm 17 Oct 13

johnboy said :

Provision for them to move at $200 a week less pay IIRC, hence the winning bid!

They still have a job at the end of the day, something that the incoming company has seen to, which is over and above what they are expected to do.

Now what I am saying may sound a tad hash and a tad uncaring, but in reality what is the answer? Different companies have different rates of pay and different working conditions. Indeed even in the public service world different departments can have significant pay differences for the same work, so not related to private sector either.

PS must have been a short strike cause the bin got emptied today. Unlike last week where they came the next day for what ever reason.

HiddenDragon 11:53 am 17 Oct 13

johnboy said :

Provision for them to move at $200 a week less pay IIRC, hence the winning bid!

That’s a very large cut – I wonder (not really) whether the same approach will be taken across the board in the ACT Government sector? If so, it would make it much easier to balance the budget “over the cycle”, and would help to keep “downwards pressure” on rents and house prices and other living costs in this expensive city.

johnboy 11:52 am 17 Oct 13

TAMS confirming it was a garbage strike.

Dante 11:48 am 17 Oct 13

Rollersk8r said :

You got me. I was actually laughing the whole time. I live in a house and I ate breakfast today. I basically own this world. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Wish it took me longer, in fact. More time equals all the more perspective I gain on what a winner I am!

I’m guessing you’re posting from a warzone then, in between performing life saving surgery, doctor?

Nope. I’m enjoying existence and not making a mountain out of a molehill whilst I reflect on how lucky I was to be born into a reasonably safe and caring society.

Rollersk8r 10:55 am 17 Oct 13

Dante said :

Ermagerd, your transit in this morning took 40 minutes extra. Do you have a roof over your head, food on your table and do you live in a relatively safe country? Yep.

You got me. I was actually laughing the whole time. I live in a house and I ate breakfast today. I basically own this world. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Wish it took me longer, in fact. More time equals all the more perspective I gain on what a winner I am!

I’m guessing you’re posting from a warzone then, in between performing life saving surgery, doctor?

johnboy 10:52 am 17 Oct 13

Provision for them to move at $200 a week less pay IIRC, hence the winning bid!

JC 10:48 am 17 Oct 13

Presumably they are protesting about the change in contract later in the month from Cleanaway (back) to Sita. Not quite sure what they want because they are being offered work with the new company, and unfortunately in a contracted environment sometimes the incumbent doesn’t win, but as mentioned there is provision for them to move across.

Henry82 10:45 am 17 Oct 13

Dante said :

. Do you have a roof over your head, food on your table….

Not if hes late to work 😉

Dante 10:31 am 17 Oct 13

Ermagerd, your transit in this morning took 40 minutes extra. Do you have a roof over your head, food on your table and do you live in a relatively safe country? Yep.

tommy 10:30 am 17 Oct 13

There was a car crash on the GDE – that was probably it.

Rollersk8r 10:11 am 17 Oct 13

So this is why my 20 minute drive to work took an hour this morning? Gee, thanks.

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