Waste jobs ‘safe’

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

NO cur­rent em­ploy­ees will be af­fected by an im­pend­ing de­ci­sion to change rub­bish dis­posal con­trac­tors, ac­cord­ing to the City of Fre­man­tle.

The state­ment comes af­ter the union for West Aus­tralian mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Fair Work Com­mis­sion claim­ing the City avoided its obli­ga­tion to con­sult the in-house waste team about pro­posed changes.

The union and City were sched­uled to meet yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Dur­ing last week’s fi­nance, pol­icy, op­er­a­tions and leg­is­la­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing, a pro­posal was passed to change the waste ser­vice con­trac­tor for the FOGO im­ple­men­ta­tion to Clean­away, with the fi­nal de­ci­sion to be made by the coun­cil on Novem­ber 28.

Cur­rently the green lid bins are col­lected by the City and Clean­away col­lects yel­low lid bins.

In a let­ter to the Fre­man­tle Mayor and coun­cil­lors, union sec­re­tary An­drew John­son said the first time that ei­ther they or the mem­bers em­ployed by the coun­cil in these ser­vices were aware of the propo­si­tion was the day be­fore it went to com­mit­tee.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 11 em­ploy­ees (per­ma­nent and long-term labour hire) who will be af­fected by the de­ci­sion if it should pro­ceed. Com­mon de­cency and hu­man­ity should have seen this pro­posal raised months ago,” he said.

City of Fre­man­tle in­fra­struc­ture and project de­liv­ery di­rec­tor Gra­ham Tat­ter­sall said the change was not ex­pected to have an ad­verse im­pact on work­ers.

“Mov­ing to a three-bin FOGO sys­tem is a sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice in­crease and is be­yond the ca­pac­ity of our cur­rent waste ser­vices team and as­set base,” he said.

“No po­si­tion in our waste ser­vices team cur­rently held by a City of Fre­man­tle em­ployee will be lost as a re­sult of the pro­posed con­tract­ing out of the new res­i­den­tial three-bin FOGO col­lec­tion ser­vice.

“The de­ci­sion to ac­com­mo­date the new ser­vice by en­gag­ing one con­trac­tor... will re­sult in bet­ter co-or­di­na­tion and ef­fi­ciency.”

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