Perth garbo strike explained: Why Cleanaway waste workers are striking for first time in nearly four decades

Perth garbos will vote on Wednesday whether to extend the first strike action taken by waste workers in four decades in their continuing fight with Cleanaway over its attempts to remove overtime and force weekends to become part of normal working hours.

Last Wednesday, more than 100 workers mobilised with assistance from the Transport Workers Union of WA outside Cleanaway’s Malaga and Mandurah facilities.

It came after they rejected the company’s proposal to force workers to take on set shifts and slash overtime and penalty rates.

It is the first time since 1986 waste workers have been forced to strike over working conditions — almost four decades ago — after industrial action in Canberra over long-service leave provisions.

Adding to the tension, a member of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union was knocked to the ground by a Cleanaway truck exiting the Malaga facility about 5am.

Police and paramedics attended the scene and it is understood he sustained no significant injuries.

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