Jun 11

RTBU – 2018 union elections notice

Nominations for the RTBU elections for National and NSW Branch positions for 2018 have now closed. Nominations may be withdrawn up to, but no later than 5pm on Thursday 2 August 2018. Below is an overview of the election timeline. It’s important to remember that the strength and health of our union relies on its […] Read More »

Sep 14

SMH: Experts warned on high costs of Sydney light rail project six years ago

Tax payers and commuters should be outraged at the negligence of this NSW Government. Sydney’s light rail has been plagued with ridiculous cost blow outs and the delays on the service are continuing. Add to that the fact that the light rail will already be severely crowded when it opens because of this government’s poor planning. For every mistake this […] Read More »

Sep 14

Sydney’s buses get digital ‘third eye’ view to prevent collisions

iTNews: “The NSW Government has unveiled plans to equip the 38 double-decker buses travelling on the B-Line with intelligent collision avoidance devices. The state government initially trialled the Mobileye technology on the CBD to Northern Beaches line back in February. Statistics from the NSW Centre for Road Safety show that 30 people were killed and 472 […] Read More »

Sep 2

Light rail ‘crush capacity’

Confidential government documents have revealed that the number of passengers enduring “crush capacity” on Sydney’s inner west light rail line or being left behind on platforms will worsen unless the NSW Government buys more trams. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the documents show that even if new trams are bought, it will be […] Read More »

Aug 21

NSW govt light rail contract ‘incompetent’

A parliamentary inquiry has slammed latest transport fail by this incompetent NSW Government. Chris Preston, Bus & Tram Division Secretary said “This NSW Government is a joke. Commuters, tax payers and workers don’t deserve this.” Read the article by AAP below. Serious planning omissions, an “insanely” weak contract and workers urinating where they shouldn’t – they’re […] Read More »

Aug 17

RTBU National and NSW Branch Elections 2018, Candidates Information for Members

Please click here to download the RTBU National and NSW Branch Elections 2018 Candidates Information for Members. Read More »

Aug 14

Media release: Service cuts and no new jobs: the reality of Constance’s Bondi bus announcement

Commuters from some of Sydney’s eastern suburbs will have their direct city services cut and face longer waits for services into the city under the Transport Minister’s new ‘Bondi bus’ plans. Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Bus Division Secretary, Chris Preston said the recent announcement of increased bendy bus 333 services to and from […] Read More »

Aug 7

Bussies for Bales!

Checkout the great fundraiser that our members in Newcastle are getting involved in. The Bussies for Bales fundraiser is an initiative started by a Newcastle bus driver, John Wagner to assist our drought affected farmers around the state. The donations will go towards purchasing bales of hay to feed the starving animals. Chris Preston, RTBU […] Read More »

Aug 7

Inspecting Canberra’s new trams

On Monday July 30, we were out inspecting Canberra’s new trams and chatting to our new drivers ahead of LRV’s taking the tracks. The Government expect drivers to be on the tracks and transporting passengers by the end of the year. Dave Woollams, RTBU NSW Bus & Tram Division President said “It was fantastic to meet […] Read More »

Jul 31

Media Release: Sydney buses running on empty, taxpayer money wasted

 The NSW Government’s ‘on-demand’ buses are proving to be the failure bus drivers warned they would be, with figures revealed in June showing the exact cost to taxpayers: $180 per passenger, per trip. Reports today in the Sydney Morning Herald further vindicate warnings by the union that Sydney’s ‘on-demand’ buses would be a complete waste of taxpayer money. Rail, Tram and Bus Union […] Read More »

Jul 20

Newcastle Light Rail recruits – make sure you join the RTBU

You may have seen in the news that Keolis Downer is recruiting staff for the Newcastle Light Rail as it nears completion.   The company is seeking to fill 20 fill time positions for light rail drivers and control staff. The RTBU will cover workers in both of these roles, working to ensure they get […] Read More »