Mar 22

RTBU on Newcastle ABC radio

Listen below to hear Chris Preston, RTBU NSW Bus Division Secretary speak on Newcastle ABC about the decrease in Newcastle’s bus patronage over the month of February. Only days ago we were rallying in Newcastle with the community over the disaster that bus privatisation has caused. While Constance has been boasting that patronage on Newcastle […] Read More »

Mar 22

Media Release: Constance caught out fibbing about transport figures – again

Check out our RTBU Media Release and the Newcastle Herald story below. Constance caught out fibbing about transport figures – again Decline in Newcastle bus commuter no surprise to drivers   The Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, has been caught lying to the public yet again – this time about the number of people walking away […] Read More »

Mar 19

Rally to fix Newcastle buses

Over the weekend we rallied in Newcastle to say enough is enough, demanding that Minister Constance fix Newcastle buses after he recklessly sold them off. Novocastrians have had their bus network sent into chaos since the private operator has cut routes, removed bus stops and reduced services. We’ve said this all along, this is what happens when […] Read More »

Mar 15

Newcastle Herald: Hunter Labor MPs take aim at new Newcastle and Lake Macquarie bus timetable in NSW Parliament

Labor is keeping pressure on the NSW government over Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s new bus timetable, with Hunter MPs repeatedly raising the issue in parliament in the past week. In a private member’s statement late Wednesday afternoon, Swansea MP Yasmin Catley said there had been skepticism over the government’s decision to privatise transport in the Hunter but “sadly our […] Read More »

Mar 14

Backlash over plans to recruit Kiwi drivers for inner west buses

David Barwell, Inner West Courier Inner City THE new private operator of inner west buses has defended its decision to recruit drivers from New Zealand — a move the State Opposition says could leave young Sydneysiders missing out. Transit Systems, which in February won the government contract to run the Region 6 network, has ramped […] Read More »

Mar 14

Newcastle rally, Sunday 18 March – join us

Since the Transport Minister sold off Newcastle’s bus service to the private sector, the service in the region has descended into chaos. First there were pay issues for the workers, then rostering problems, and then a timetable that doesn’t work for anyone was introduced. And the problems are continuing. This is what happens when essential […] Read More »

Mar 9

Petition sparks debate in bear pit

A PETITION opposing timetable changes on the Newcastle bus network has enough signatures to trigger a debate in state parliament, Hunter Labor MPs say. The MPs said they had collected 10,000 signatures – enough to start a parliamentary debate – after launching the petition in the wake of the January changes on the privatised Keolis Downer bus network. […] Read More »

Mar 8

Newcastle Herald: Newcastle buses in heated state parliament debate

LABOR is standing by its claim that the state government is misleading the public when it claims to have added more than 1000 routes to the Newcastle bus system. The privatised Keolis Downer service was the subject of heated debate in state parliament on Tuesday when the government used its numbers to defeat a censure […] Read More »

Mar 7

Bus drivers should be from NSW

Read the article below and check out our RTBU Bus Media Release here.  “A private Sydney bus operator’s plan to ship in drivers from New Zealand has been slammed by the NSW opposition. Young Sydneysiders could miss out on the opportunity to become bus drivers because a new private operator is targeting New Zealand workers, […] Read More »

Mar 6

Media release: Overseas bus driver recruitment worrying sign for inner-west commuters and workers

6 March, Media Release: The Transport Minister needs to confirm that he will not leave the newly privatised inner-west bus service in disarray, like he did with Newcastle buses, and that Australian bus drivers will be given first priority of jobs, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union said today. RTBU Tram and Bus Division Secretary, Chris […] Read More »