Today members of the public experienced free travel on some Sydney and Central Coast bus journeys. TWU NSW bus driver members at five Busways depots took part in protected industrial action.

Busways are meeting with the TWU on Wednesday to discuss Busways’ refusal to negotiate a fair Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Busways is refusing to give its bus drivers not just what they deserve, but what they need to live with dignity and stay afloat. The company has displayed a continued lack of respect for its drivers, trying to lock them into an EA which offers only a paltry pay rise and a stagnant rate of superannuation that puts them lower than every other industry.

Busways are on notice that if they continue their refusal to listen to members then members will: 

  1. Conduct a one hour stoppage of work commencing Friday 7 September 2018 at 12.00 noon and ending at 1.00pm.
  2. Continue an unlimited ban on the use of Opal machines, commencing on Friday 7 September 2018 and continuing for an indefinite period.
  3. TWU members at the following Busways depots will take part in the action:
    1. Penrith
    2. Blacktown
    3. Windsor
    4. Gosford
    5. Wyong

Quotes attributable to Richard Olsen, State Secretary, Transport Workers’ Union of NSW:

Busways refusal to discuss a fair and respectful deal for drivers will leave our members with no other choice than to take further protected industrial action from Friday 7 September 2018.

“It is not too late for Busways to avoid further action. We do not want to unnecessarily affect members of the public.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Colin Henderson 0405 625 208

Transport Workers' Union NSW