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TAMS advises that household waste and recycling services will not be collected this Friday 13 May 2016 due to industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor SUEZ.

Michael Trushell, Director of ACT NOWaste, says Contractor SUEZ and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have been engaged in enterprise bargaining negotiations since February 2016.

“On Friday 6 May 2016, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) held a ballot of drivers to determine support for lawful industrial action under the Fair Work Act 2009. The AEC today confirmed results of the ballot are in favour of industrial action,” Michael said.

“The TWU, representing the drivers, today provided the three working days’ notice required for industrial action to take place on Friday 13 May.

“The ACT Government encourages both parties to continue bargaining in good faith and reach agreement as quickly as possible to avoid further disruption to the community.

“Residents whose household waste and recycling bins are scheduled for collection on Friday are encouraged to leave their bins out as missed collections are likely to be picked up on Saturday 14 May 2016. This will be confirmed before Friday.

“The ACT Government is working with contractor SUEZ to develop contingency measures to help minimise impacts on residents.

“As further industrial action may be lawfully undertaken up to 8 June 2016, we are putting plans in place to minimise any impacts on households.

“We would encourage people to be mindful of their waste generation over the next few weeks. By minimising the amount of waste created, people may be able to help their friends, family or neighbours by offering any room they have in their bin to someone who needs it to dispose of excess waste.”

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