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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 »

Jul 10

RTBU forces ALP to commit to ending privatisation

The RTBU has helped pressure the NSW ALP into ruling out any further privatisation of public assets, including our public transport systems. Following a strong anti-privatisation campaign by the RTBU in Newcastle and Region 6 and strong lobbying from the union, NSW Opposition leader, Luke Foley, pledged at the party’s recent state conference that the […] Read More »

Jun 25

Driver training: union has massive safety win

In a massive win for safety, the RTBU has successfully fought to get State Transit to change its position on driver training. The STA is nearing the end of a three month trial of outsourcing its driver training to an external provider – a trial which the RTBU has had serious concerns about. STA was […] Read More »

Jun 25

Opposition vows to end ‘destructive privatisation scam’

The NSW Opposition has committed to putting an end to the privatisation of public assets, like our transport systems, saying the Liberal Government’s privatisation plans have delivered nothing but a rise in the cost of living for working families. In his Budget Reply speech this week, Opposition Leader Like Foley said Labor would end the […] Read More »

Jun 15

Union dues – 2018 fee change

All RTBU Tram and Bus Division members are advised that union dues will increase as of the first full pay period from 1st July 2018. The new rates that will be in effect as of 1st July 2018 are as follows: Bus & Tram                            […] Read More »

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 Nominations may be withdrawn up to, but no later than 5pm on Thursday 2 August 2018.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 »

Jun 6

Media release: Bus drivers skeptical of Minister’s new bus services claim

6 June 2018: Bus drivers are skeptical about the Transport Minister’s claim today that NSW will get 2000 new bus services in the upcoming state budget, saying the claim doesn’t take into account all the services that have been cut recently and fails to consider the severe shortage of bus drivers in the state. RTBU Tram […] Read More »

Jun 5

Transport Heritage Expo – June long weekend

The award-winning Transport Heritage Expo is back on the 9th – 11th of June at Central Station, Sydney. The expo brings Sydney’s transport history to life with heritage train and bus rides, train displays, live music and much more. Bring the family along and enjoy the trip back in memory lane. Details at Read More »

May 25

Newcastle Herald: Labor says Keolis Downer contract encourages shorter bus routes in Newcastle

Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison has accused the state government of encouraging Keolis Downer to “chop up” Newcastle’s bus network by offering it per-passenger incentive payments. The company said in March that its passenger numbers were up 4.9 per cent in January, a year-on-year rise from 304,330 to 319,360.  Read more of the Newcastle Herald story.  Read More »

May 24

The Australian: Premier’s team short by $600m on light rail costs

In The Australian by Andrew Clennell  Gladys Berejiklian’s then department was informed in mid-2014 that the cost of ripping up and ­moving powerlines in George Street for the Sydney light rail project was as high as $700 million — but factored in just $100m when the now NSW Premier ­announced months later that the project […] Read More »