Bendigo security guard Peter’s protest at 100th day

BENDIGO security guard Peter stood in the rain dressed as an alien to mark 100 days of protesting against security contractor MSS’s wage and work conditions.

The 46-year-old Bendigo man said the green lycra outfit was a reference to how MSS was alienating its workers.

Peter, who does not want to reveal his last name, mans a picket line outside Bendigo’s Thales plant for 12 hours a day.

He fits his protesting around working 14 hours a week at Thales.

Peter has worn a series of outlandish costumes while protesting, including dressing as Elvis, Darth Vader and Santa Claus.

His strike is the latest in a long-running industrial dispute between MSS and its employees as workers demand equal pay to other security companies. Peter said he is paid about $3000 a year less than guards at other companies such as Wilsons Security and ISS. 

Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chester was also present to commemorate the 100-day milestone.

“He’s really raising the profile for how low security guards’ wages are,” she said.

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