Council workers to strike before Games
GOLD Coast council workers are going on strike just weeks out from the Commonwealth Games.
Council workers including cleaners, inspectors and counter staff have voted for rolling stoppages and work bans starting this Friday in a dispute over Games rosters and a new pay deal.
It is the latest blow for Queensland's second-largest council after the Crime and Corruption Commission last week launched an investigation into allegations of corrupt decision-making by some councillors.
The Services Union secretary Neil Henderson said the council's proposed enterprise agreement would remove job security and destroy equal pay.
"Our members have been angered by the council's attempt to unilaterally rewrite rosters in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games while ignoring the requirement to notify and consult with affected staff," Mr Henderson said.
He said staff morale was "at an all-time low", with fears of "wholesale" staff sackings after the Games next month.
"Our members are the people who deliver vital frontline community services to the ratepayers," he said.
"They've been increasingly under the pump in the lead-up to the Games. It's our members who are actually delivering the event and ensuring it runs smoothly, not the Mayor and CEO who will take all the credit."
Mr Henderson said the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission had this week ordered the council to abide by provisions in the current enterprise agreement.