Blacktown council workers fight orders to use Roundup and go on strike

More than 500 workers at a Sydney council have walked off the job after management allegedly refused to heed their concerns over the use of glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, which has been linked to cancer.

Outdoor staff at Blacktown City Council last month refused to continue using glyphosate sprays, urging management to follow the lead of other local councils which have banned the product and begun trialling safer alternatives, the United Services Union said in a statement.

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