Sydney bus drivers cop a lot every day. Verbal and physical abuse from passengers, traffic that tests the patience, a lack of amenities that allow for proper toilet breaks and a whole lot more.
Drivers who work for Transit Systems have one more item for the list: They are among the lowest paid drivers in the industry. How has that occurred?
Since July 2015, the management of Transit Systems have been pocketing taxpayer money sent by the New South Wales government. That money is to ensure that funding was available to provide pay increases for drivers.
Calculations by the TWU of NSW show that the total amount of taxpayer funded dollars that directors of Transit Systems have pocketed, up to Christmas 2016, is at least: $1,136,590.00
Mick Pieri, Acting Secretary of the Transport Workers Union of NSW said “Despite previous TWU calls on the company to properly pay their drivers, Transit Systems appear to be committed to the ongoing pilfering of wages that belong to drivers and their families. This money belongs to drivers.
“The NSW Government is as much to blame in ignoring previous calls by the TWU of NSW to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, to intervene. The Minister is apparently cosy with Transit Systems, having opened the company’s new Smithfield Depot in August.”
“Mr Constance has praised Transit Systems for their investment in the local community. Would he praise them as much if he paid attention to the way the company is treating their drivers?” Mick Pieri said.
Transit Systems is the only company across NSW withholding NSW government funded contributions to wage increases from drivers.
Transit Systems drivers in Western Sydney affected by these pay issues service the four major centres: Parramatta, Liverpool, Cabramatta and Fairfield as well as the surrounding suburbs of Holroyd, Mays Hill, South Wentworthville, Warwick Farm, Hinchinbrook, Mount Pritchard, Ashcroft, Canley Heights and Bonnyrigg. There are over 90 schools serviced in this region. Eight rail stations on the Southern, Cumberland, Bankstown and Inner West lines are also serviced.
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