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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 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 »

Feb 5

Newcastle bus woes: Secretary on ABC

Tram and Bus Divisional Secretary, Chris Preston, was on ABC Newcastle this morning talking about the problems we’ve seen with Newcastle buses since the service was privatised. You can hear Chris speaking from the 11.20min mark through to the 16min mark. Click here to listen. Read More »

Dec 11

ABC: George Street section re-opens as Minister shuts down retailers at press conference

By Emily Laurence and Paige Cockburn Angry retailers have ambushed the NSW Premier and the state’s Transport Minister at the reopening of a section of Sydney’s CBD where new light rail lines have been built. The State Government is calling it Sydney’s hottest selfie spot. It’s a section of George Street between Park and King Streets now open, […] Read More »

Oct 8

Northern Beaches bus changes a $500m headache

Bus drivers are raising questions about the NSW Government’s claim that the introduction of the new B-Line buses on Sydney’s Northern Beaches will save commuters time on their daily journey. The Sunday Telegraph revealed today that the government’s Transport NSW official B-line forum has declared journey times are expected to be cut by “10 per […] Read More »

Sep 11

Inner West residents make view on bus privatisation clear in council elections

Votes are still being counted, but the early results from the weekend’s local council elections show that Inner-West residents are not happy with the NSW Liberal Party’s privatisation of their bus routes. Early results indicate there will be a big swing of around 5.6% away from the Liberal party in the newly merged council, which […] Read More »

Sep 6

Underpayment, lack of security: Newcastle bus privatisation a complete disaster

Media release – 6 September Bus drivers are being underpaid, services are being cancelled due to poor rostering, and drivers have been left vulnerable to attacks as a result of the NSW Government’s bungled privatisation of Newcastle buses. Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Tram and Bus Divisional President, Dave Woollams, said the privatisation of the region’s […] Read More »

Aug 18

IRC orders

The RTBU NSW received orders from the Industrial Relations Commission NSW in relation to industrial action today, 18 August. Click here to see the full correspondence. Read More »

May 31

Bus services extended from Mona Vale to Newport for the incoming B-Line project

While Minister Constance sets about privatising bus services in Labor and Greens seats he happily extends the public services in Liberal seats. Read More »