Drivers for Cleanaway Commercial and Industrial Services operating out of Darra and Burleigh in Queensland are set to take industrial action tomorrow over pay and conditions.
According to TWU Queensland, members will be manning a picket line at the two depots from tomorrow, Thursday January 19, for 24 hours.
“Cleanaway have taken a brute-force approach to bargaining, refusing to listen to employee concerns and attempting to push through an Enterprise Agreement that strips away fundamental rights and conditions,” said TWU Queensland in an email newsletter distributed today.
TWU Queensland director of organising, Jared Abbott, is calling on Cleanaway to “resume bargaining in good faith”.
“Our members aren’t asking for much except a fair pay increase and an expectation they’re not going backwards,” he said.
“Cleanaway have an obvious industrial agenda and have been marching out the same document across all of their sites in Australia.
“Changes to rostering and a reduction in pay will seriously disadvantage these employees moving forward.
“The changes that they are suggesting will have widespread impacts on the pay and conditions of drivers, attacking their hours of work and rates for working unsociable work patterns.
“This is skilled work and demands a skilled workforce, Cleanaway are kidding themselves if they think that this deal will deliver a better business model for them.”
As Cleanaway’s Commercial and Industrial division covers commercial, industrial and liquid waste; residential waste collection will be unaffected.