Council workers to strike in support of sacked employees
UP to 300 Wyndham Council workers will walk off the job from Friday in support of five employees sacked last week amid allegations of industrial spying and entrapment.
At a mass meeting on Thursday, Australian Services Union members voted unanimously to strike.
The action comes on the back of work bans implemented after council management hired a bodyguard who pretended to be a labourer to "spy on and set-up" the five men, says ASU branch secretary Brian Parkinson.
Today, local laws officers didn't issue fines and transfer station staff let people dump rubbish for free.
Allegations against the sacked parks and gardens workers include drinking, drug taking and shopping on the job. The allegations have been denied.
Mr Parkinson said the men, including one who had been with the council 25 years, lost their jobs because of "fabricated evidence supplied by council's hired gun".
"It's entrapment at its best. The ASU and its members will do everything in its power to help reinstate these workers and help clear their name regarding the allegations being thrown in their direction.
"Management further inflamed the situation by threatening to dock workers at the council a half day's pay even if they walked off the job for five minutes."
Mayor Heather Marcus did not return calls about the strike.