SUEZ seeks Fair Work Commission's assistance over ACT bargaining dispute
Bargaining representatives from SUEZ and the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) today met with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) as part of ongoing negotiations to resolve the bargaining dispute impacting waste collection drivers in the ACT.
SUEZ sincerely regrets the disruption to residents caused by the protected strike action and is working with driver representatives to minimise the impact.
SUEZ is proposing wage increases of 2% in 2021, 3% in 2022 and 3% in 2023. The company believes this offer is reasonable and fair given the current economic circumstances in Australia, reflected in Canberra’s CPI figures that show a rise of just 1% in the 12 months to September.
The company has held ongoing discussions with the TWU over several months with today’s meeting being another positive and constructive engagement. The commission has asked both parties to reconsider their current bargaining positions with the aim of resolving the dispute.
The parties will reconvene with the commission on Monday 23 November.
SUEZ appreciates the continuing support of the commission with these negotiations. We are hopeful that Monday’s meeting will resolve the bargaining dispute and see the essential service our drivers provide to the public resume without further disruption.