South Canberra residents found their health at risk following a union strike on this day in 1976.
Southside garbageman refused to take part in a trial involved in the dispute between contracting company Capital Waste Pty Ltd, and the Transport Workers union.
his led parties to the dispute to fear garbage would not be collected for two to three weeks.
ith increasing temperatures, this could leave rotting garbage sitting outside in the sun, an unnamed source said.
entral to the dispute was a disagreement between the contracting company Capital Waste Pty Ltd, and the Transport Workers union over the number of bins each crew should be responsible for emptying in a shift.
he Department of the Capital Territory told the Arbitration Commission they would negotiate with possible new contractors to take over southside garbage collections under a system similar to what had been used successfully in North Canberra from early July, 1970.
Previously, a four-day wage strike in June led to the workers being forced to pick up extra rubbish once they went back to work.
he garbage men's dispute arose because increases of 23 to 25 percent which were awarded to them in Sydney on June 5 were not included in their pay on the week after it was granted.
The union however told them to get back on their run, assuring them the pay rise would come through once the department had sorted things out from the backend.