Blacktown Sun Tuesday December 14 2010
About 400 Blacktown Council employees walked off the job in protest last week.
A source that contacted the SUN said workers at the Animal Holding Facility and Works Depot had voted to strike amid accusations of workplace harassment and bullying, and conflict over unfilled vacancies.
Despite repeated attempts, the SUN was unable to contact a United Services Union representative for comment.
Council employees have been banned from talking to the media.
Although employees have gone back to work, it is believed the issues remain unsolved.
Blacktown Councillor Russ Dickens said that he had heard that the staff at council’s
animal holding facility believed more employees were needed to adequately care for the animals.
He also confirmed that staff at the animal pound and works depot had made complaints about harassment and bullying.
Cr dickens said the issues may not yet be resolved and the time of the year would make it difficult for employees to strike again. “Who would want to go on strike at Christmas time and lose a day’s wage?” he said. “I hope they sort it out”.
Blacktown mayor Alan Pendleton was unavailable for comment before the SUN went to press on Monday.