Brisbane garbo strike ends
By Bill Mason
BRISBANE — Northside Brisbane garbage trucks will carry canvas "beer stockings" to hold gifts from householders — including alcohol.
This settlement has resolved an industrial dispute which resulted in a two-day strike by 120 northside garbage workers.
The strike began on June 3, when three garbage collectors were sacked for admitting to having two unopened stubbies of beer inside their truck cabin while on duty.
The three sacked workers will not be reinstated, but will receive an agreed pay-out additional to their retrenchment package.
Transport Workers Union state secretary Hughie Williams has stressed that the beer was left as a gift for the workers on their collection route and that they had not been drinking alcohol at any time while on duty.