The RTBU’s Tram & Bus Division has taken a stand against the Government’s plans to sell off the North Sydney bus depot.
Division Secretary Chris Preston spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald, warning that the plan could mean longer delays for commuters when Sydney’s public transport system breaks down and emergency buses are needed.
Read the full story in the SMH here.
The bus depot at North Sydney is the closest one to the city, so often is the first point of call when emergency buses are needed on the other side of the bridge.
But the state government’s plan to sell off the depot will mean commuters will have to wait longer on those all-too-frequent occasions when Sydney’s public transport system breaks down and emergency buses are needed, says a former depot driver and union official.
”We would be in the city in seven minutes in the case of an emergency,” said Chris.
RTBU, National Legal Officer, Thomas Costa will represent Sydney and Newcastle Bus Drivers in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on Friday 14 March, where acting Justice Boland will preside over a compulsory conference which the Union has sought to address a long running dispute over certified sick leave.
The Union will argue that certified sick leave cannot be used to place members on the Absence Management Program (AMP) or to progress members through various stages of the AMP. Proceedings will start at 10.00am in Court 3.3 at the IRC in Bridge Street, Sydney.
Our Union, RTBU, is an active member of Sydney Alliance (www.sydneyalliance.org.au). With a year to go before the next NSW state election, the Sydney Alliance will launch its campaign to alert the NSW Government and those vying for public office of its demands.
More than 2000 people are expected to attend the launch event from 6.15pm on Wednesday 26 March at Sydney Town Hall. Sydney-siders will assemble, stand up and use their voices to send the clear message, “We want you to consult us about public transport! We want affordable housing! We want pathways to work, regardless of our backgrounds!”
Th launch will be a show of solidarity, showing Alliance members and supporters they are not alone in efforts to improve life in Sydney. It demonstrates to political leaders that people from across Sydney, people with different backgrounds, are united around a common agenda.
The politicians will see thousands of people connect issues with solutions, citizens with decision makers and diverse communities with each other. Together, we act in strength!
Register to be part of this experience: email Maryanne Stuart, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9264 2511. RTBU only has 100 places available so be quick to join the delegation! Let our Union voice be heard!
Check out the first edition of Bus Express TV for 2014. This week Chris Preston and Gary Way give us an update on the IRC hearing into broken and casual shifts, roster changes and the Inner West tram line. They also look forward to hear directly from members as the depot BBQs fire up again.
Part-time broken and expanded use of casuals dispute
STA has lodged an appeal to the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) disputing decisions handed down by Justice Staff in favour of the RTBU on 6th December 2014.
The appeal will be heard on Wednesday 30th April 2014 at 10am in the IRC building at 47 Bridge Street Sydney.
Members are encouraged to attend (in their own time).
It is unfortunate and uncommon that State Transit are refusing to accept then original umpire’s decision but members should be assured the union and our solicitors will fight this appeal as hard as ever.
Police have begun to crack down on the spate of drunken violence afflicting Northern Beaches buses following a crisis meeting with the RTBU and State Transit.
Due to complaints of widespread hooliganism, drinking on public transport, and violent behaviour towards bus drivers and commuters, police are now undertaking more plainclothes patrols, arresting troublesome youths, and guarding busy late night buses.
These extra patrols and the resulting arrests are a big win for bus drivers and commuters, who can now feel safer on late night buses.
Check out the latest, festive edition of Bus Express TV now. This week Chris Preston and Gary Way give us an update on safety concerns for northern beaches bus drivers, revisit the highlights of 2013 and preview the year ahead. They wish all members a safe and happy Christmas.
Former Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose is the latest supporter of greater security for bus drivers on Sydney’s northern beaches.
He told the Manly Daily he is fed up with drivers and passengers being left vulnerable to abuse from teenage hooligans on the infamous L90 bus. Mr Rose is intent on setting up a committee called Save Our Buses.
Earlier this week, RTBU NSW Secretary of the Bus Division Chris Preston called for State Transit to ensure security staff were permanently operating on the L90 at certain times during the week (Thursday-Saturday, 7pm onwards). Mr Rose said Save Our Buses would help lobby for this measure.
The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has ruled that the NSW Government will not be able to include superannuation rises in its public sector wage cap.
In a big win for all public sector workers, including bus drivers, the IRC upheld the application by public sector unions to have federally-mandated super increases paid on top of the 2.5 per cent wage cap the NSW Government has enforced.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird wanted the increase absorbed within its wages policy, effectively a cut to workers’ pay. He will now appeal against the decision.
Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Mark Morey said the Treasurer’s view is disappointing,
“The government should be focusing on growing the economy, rather than running frivolous cases and wasting the taxpayers money,” he told the ABC.
“The commission is saying that enough is enough, that the government can afford this on its own evidence.”
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