Bus drivers at Transit Systems are campaigning to ensure they are paid on a par with bus drivers across NSW.
With Transit Systems holding back over $1.1million of taxpayer funds meant for wages and with the company making offers to workers that show they are not valued, drivers have voted to take action that will have minimal impact on the public but will send the message home to Transit Systems managers.
Drivers who are members of the Transport Workers’ Union have resolved to not turn on ticket machines, providing one week of fare-free days to passengers using Transit Systems bus services across Western and South-Western Sydney. This includes services across the suburbs of Liverpool, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Merrylands, Granville, Parramatta, Wetherill Park and Prospect.
The action will include a 2 hour stop work meeting which will take buses off the road, between 10am and midday on Monday 27 February.
Fare-free days will be in place for passengers from 12.01am, Monday 27 February 2017 and finishing at 12.01am, Monday 6 March 2017. Passengers can keep Opal cards in their wallets or bags on these days.
Drivers will also be refusing to wear Transit Systems uniform.
Richard Olsen, Secretary, Transport Workers’ Union NSW said “It’s time that these under-paid bus drivers are given a fair go like the rest of the industry. After two-and-a-half years of poor treatment by Transit Systems management who are not listening to driver concerns whilst pocketing taxpayer funded contributions intended for drivers’ wage increases, enough is enough.”
“Bus Drivers are amongst the most valued members of our communities, providing the transport needs for schoolkids, workers and their families. The actions taken by our members will remind Transit Systems of the responsibility they have to ensure that drivers are not treated as second-rate compared to the rest of the industry.”
“It is not too late for Transit Systems management to renegotiate the Enterprise Agreement properly with drivers. We would welcome too any intervention from the Minister For Transport, Andrew Constance who seems to be sitting on his hands while Transit Systems keep taxpayer funds intended for drivers” Richard Olsen said.
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