Gold Coast Council strike action to go ahead

A planned strike by some City of Gold Coast Council workers will go ahead this week but unions have agreed to suspend industrial action during the Commonwealth Games.

Workers including administration and counter staff, planners, librarians, engineers and inspectors will stop work on Thursday over stalled pay negotiations.

Council applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to stop the action affecting the Games in April, with unions agreeing to suspend any further action until the end of next month.


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“The combined unions have been adamant, we want to reach a resolution with council that would see no disruption to the Games but would also provide workers the ability to continue pushing for a fair and reasonable pay deal,” Electrical Trades Union state organiser Beau Malone said.

A rally will be held at Southport Broadwater Parklands on Thursday at 11.30am.

In a note to members, unions have urged them to participate and “give Council a taste of what to expect once the goodwill of the Games period finishes.”

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Unions wanted to strike right over games. Industrial commission agreed with council and issue an order to stop them. Unions just want to wreck the place.