Payment fight leaves indigenous workers homeless

Anthony Klan; 10/5/10

For indigenous Australian Anthony Trimbole, a secure job installing scaffolding at NSW public housing sites meant a steady income and comfortable rental home. But now a stoush between major government contractor Spotless and one of its subcontractors has left the company he works for – Koorie Scaffolding & Rigging – teetering on collapse and Mr Trimbole homeless. Mr Trimbole and his colleague Jamie, who have not been paid for two months, have been forced out of their homes for not paying rent and have both separated from their partners. They are living in a work shed in Auburn in Sydney’s west while they continue to ply their trade on projects providing affordable housing to others. “When things like this happen, you start getting depressed; if you’re not sure whether or not you’re going to get paid, it’s pretty hard to pull yourself out of bed,” Mr Trimbole told The Australian.