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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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damien haas 2:02 pm 20 Oct 13

I think its funny that ‘by 2010’ has been painted over on the ‘No Waste’ stickers on those trucks.

LSWCHP 1:51 pm 20 Oct 13

$100K for driving a garbage truck? Heavy machinery operator and all, this seems like an astounding amount of money, given the routine nature of the work. I haven’t looked at APS pay rates for a while, but isn’t that around the equivalent of an EL1 or a bit better in most departments?

JimCharles 10:50 am 20 Oct 13

gp said :

$100000 is a fair chunk more than your top-of-the-wage-scale teacher receives, and the difference is more than $200 a week. $200 a week is a lot of money top lose each week, but I feel they may cope…. or retrain to be teachers or nurses.

This is the issue a lot of countries have found when finally getting around to analysing cyclical maintenance contracts based on illogical reasoning of dubious origin. Not just bins, but grounds maintenance. road sweeping. recycling collections. Overtime is supposed to be for the unexpected, not a regular entitlement. Private companies cannot base their predictions around needing to pay compulsory overtime, that’s not why they’re in business.
If an authority wants to outsource arrangements, private companies are wary of taking over poorly drawn up contracts and can only offer a saving if terms and conditions are more reasonable and manageable.
Why is anybody on a 4 day a week and then requires 1 day of overtime to complete their work. Doesn’t that prove that the workforce is wrongly setup and wrongly managed? Maybe it was needed as a sweetener in days gone by, but nobody can say that this is the future.
When i dealt with these contracts (not in this country) the amount of subterfuge uncovered was beyond belief. Some powerful and unionised garbage lorry drivers were earning more than their Director by rostering themselves off during the week, then working Friday nights and 10 hours per day on Sat and Sun. The equivalent of $200,000 a year.
By the rules, they were entitled to this payment and nobody should have a problem with hard work and good pay.
The real issue was, they were preventing service improvement by blocking recruitment of more workers to ensure that all work could be completed during a standard 5 day week. Damn the public, damn the public purse. damn the service.
Strikes were only averted when the employer started to leak information and the public were outraged, and they took the side of employed local agency workers who were crying out for a fair go at a job and the wages to pay their bills and keep the kids in school. There’s got to be balance.
It’s always sad when somebody needs to take a pay cut, but for these workers isn’t there the chance to outsource themselves and contract as self-employed workers? They could end up on well over £100,000 a year if the years of experience, skills and job qualifications are required.

JC 9:52 am 20 Oct 13

Willoring said :

Our criticism should be reserved for our iincompetent ACT Governemnt who agreed to the existing contract in the first place.

What the? The government would have negotiated a contract with Cleanaway that asked them to provide the service for a given rate. The mechanics of what each employees earns etc would not have been even visible to the Government, it would have been totally between Cleanaway and it’s employee’s. I would also have a guess that the current work practices of 4 days normal pay, 1 day overtime is something that would have evolved over time rather than at the start of the contract.

The fact the employees now want the same terms and conditions when moving to Sita really have nothing what so ever to do with the government either. Again they would have negotiated a new contract, they may have provided a clause for Sita to take on some of the employee’s of Cleanaway but no government contract would be negotiating down to individual pay and terms of conditions of the employees of a private company.

JC 9:45 am 20 Oct 13

Felix the Cat said :

Are they drivers (employed by Cleanaway or Sita) or are they contactors (they own/paying off truck)? $100K is decent money if they are on wages, but not a lot if they are a contractor and have to pay for a truck and it’s running costs out of it. $200 is probably their daily fuel bill. Then there would be rego (nearly $3.5K p/a) and insurance, tyres, servicing rtc etc. That’s before any money for actual wages is drawn.

They are employee’s, so wages only. The whole crux is they want is exactly the same terms and conditions at Sita that they get at Cleanaway.

yellowredme 7:26 am 20 Oct 13

You may like to consider heavy machinery drivers need to be well trained and fairly experienced to drive as they do when collecting garbage to ensure the safety of the public and themselves. I am all for paying them well, they have to be very careful in their job and work sometimes terrible hours. See what happened to one SITA driver sent out without adequate training around four years ago (keep in mind you get what you pay for in contract work and from workers):

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-24/inquest-canberra-workplace-death/3968286

http://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/lack-of-training-a-factor-in-death-20120423-1xhll.htmlttp://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/lack-of-training-a-factor-in-death-20120423-1xhll.html

gp 7:10 pm 19 Oct 13

$100000 is a fair chunk more than your top-of-the-wage-scale teacher receives, and the difference is more than $200 a week. $200 a week is a lot of money top lose each week, but I feel they may cope…. or retrain to be teachers or nurses.

Felix the Cat 5:18 pm 19 Oct 13

Willoring said :

I know a garbage truck driver. He confirms what Damian Hass has said, that is, the existing contract is a four day week plus overtime on the fifth day, the new contract is for a five day normal working week, no overtime. Hence, the loss of pay.
He confirms that garbage truck drivers under the current contract earn approaching $100,000 a year. He confirms that the working arrangements are such that on a Friday, he parks his truck out front of his house in the afternoon and mows the lawn.
He also states that the person in TAMS who negotiated the new contract has gone off on stress leave. He understands that the government is trying to extricate itself from this mess by eventually agreeing to the drivers’ demands with rate payers to pay an additional levy. We shall see if he is right.
I have some sympathy for these drivers losing their overtime under the new contract, but they will still be well paid for the job they do and I expect they will still manage to pay their grocery bills. Our criticism should be reserved for our iincompetent ACT Governemnt who agreed to the existing contract in the first place. Our sympathy should be with the officer who has done the right thing by taxpayers and is now the subject of intense pressure. We should watch Minister Rattenbury like a hawk, and make sure he doesn’t try and palm off on us long-suffering ratepayers the consequences of not standing up to the drivers, of not supporting the new contractor and of not enforcing the new contract.

Are they drivers (employed by Cleanaway or Sita) or are they contactors (they own/paying off truck)? $100K is decent money if they are on wages, but not a lot if they are a contractor and have to pay for a truck and it’s running costs out of it. $200 is probably their daily fuel bill. Then there would be rego (nearly $3.5K p/a) and insurance, tyres, servicing rtc etc. That’s before any money for actual wages is drawn.

Willoring 3:17 pm 19 Oct 13

I know a garbage truck driver. He confirms what Damian Hass has said, that is, the existing contract is a four day week plus overtime on the fifth day, the new contract is for a five day normal working week, no overtime. Hence, the loss of pay.
He confirms that garbage truck drivers under the current contract earn approaching $100,000 a year. He confirms that the working arrangements are such that on a Friday, he parks his truck out front of his house in the afternoon and mows the lawn.
He also states that the person in TAMS who negotiated the new contract has gone off on stress leave. He understands that the government is trying to extricate itself from this mess by eventually agreeing to the drivers’ demands with rate payers to pay an additional levy. We shall see if he is right.
I have some sympathy for these drivers losing their overtime under the new contract, but they will still be well paid for the job they do and I expect they will still manage to pay their grocery bills. Our criticism should be reserved for our iincompetent ACT Governemnt who agreed to the existing contract in the first place. Our sympathy should be with the officer who has done the right thing by taxpayers and is now the subject of intense pressure. We should watch Minister Rattenbury like a hawk, and make sure he doesn’t try and palm off on us long-suffering ratepayers the consequences of not standing up to the drivers, of not supporting the new contractor and of not enforcing the new contract.

magiccar9 11:05 pm 18 Oct 13

Felix the Cat said :

magiccar9 said :

Time to add garbos to the list of monotonous complainers. They’re starting to get as bad as the teachers and nurses.

So you’d be happy to take a $200p/w pay cut? What’s your boss’ phone number? I’ll give them a call and let them know.

Considering the figures thrown around in the last articles regarding the prior garbo strikes, they seem to be on a pretty decent wicket. $200 a week will still leave them a lot higher paid than many of us. Simple solution, take the pay cut and keep your job or quit if you aren’t happy.

dph 12:32 pm 18 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Time to add garbos to the list of monotonous complainers. They’re starting to get as bad as the teachers and nurses.

Except nurses really don’t get paid enough.

Felix the Cat 11:38 am 18 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Time to add garbos to the list of monotonous complainers. They’re starting to get as bad as the teachers and nurses.

So you’d be happy to take a $200p/w pay cut? What’s your boss’ phone number? I’ll give them a call and let them know.

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