FOLLOWING a Fair Work Commission hearing this afternoon, the ACT Government expects that household recycling and garbage collections will resume from tomorrow morning.
The Government advises that residents in suburbs where the collection was due today should leave their bins out until collected. It is possible that work to catch up on the collections will need to continue through until Monday.
Earlier today staff from outgoing domestic garbage collector Cleanaway took industrial action that suspended recycling and garbage collections across the inner-north and inner-south of the city.
The Government recently awarded the household recycling and garbage collection contract to SITA Australia. The contract begins on October 29.
According to the Transport Workers Union, the garbage collectors were striking over a potential pay cut of up to $200 a week for some staff when the new operator takes over. The ACT Government had previously denied the change to SITA would lead to any loss of pay or conditions.
The potentially impacted suburbs were:
Garbage and recycling
Barton, Beard, Deakin, Duntroon, Forrest, Garran, Griffith, Harman, Hughes, Isaacs, Kingston,
Narrabundah, Oaks Estate, O’Malley, Phillip, Pialligo, Red Hill, Swinger Hill and Yarralumla
Acton, Ainslie, Braddon, Campbell, City, Dickson, Downer, Hackett, Lyneham, O’Connor, Reid,
Turner and Watson.
There was no impact on commercial recycling and garbage collection.