Nov 9

Anxious bus drivers issue call for respect

Reported by AAP: Sydney’s public transport workers are shaken by the slaying of Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher and dismayed at a rise in heckling and even spitting by passengers, unions say. The two unions representing bus drivers launched a national day of action on Wednesday to honour India-born Mr Alisher, also known as Manmeet […] Read More »

Nov 9

Say Thankyou – National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers

RTBU delegates, Sydney Alliance and Uniting Voice volunteers, and members or the Punjabi community leafleted members of the public at the Railway Square this morning as part of a National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers. The action successfully drew media attention, and helped to encourage the public to “Say Thankyou” to public transport […] Read More »

Nov 4

400 Transport workers honour fallen Brisbane bus driver

Roughly 400 transport workers, many of them RTBU members, payed their respects to Manmeet Sharma and his family today. NSW Bus Division Secretary Chris Preston attended on behalf of RTBU NSW. The Indian-born Brisbane bus driver was killed while picking up passengers at a bus stop last week and was remembered as a hardworking and honest […] Read More »

Nov 4

Tragic incident prompts National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers

The tragic death of Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma will be marked by a National Day of Respect for Public Transport Workers, to be held next Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) today asked commuters to honour the Day of Respect through the simple […] Read More »

Nov 2

Commuters to get on-demand buses, trains under ambitious plans to ditch timetables

Reported in the SMH – Buses, trains and ferries will be better matched to commuter demand under ambitious Baird government plans to eventually ditch timetables. “We have got on-demand movies, we want on-demand transport,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance declared on Wednesday, as he announced a trial of so-called on-demand buses, trains and ferries by the […] Read More »

Nov 2

Thank-you for your support

On behalf of the Divisional Secretary and President and the RTBU – A huge thank you to all RTBU Bus Division members who are driving with their headlights on today as a mark of respect for fallen Brisbane Bus driver Manmeet Sharma. The show of unity and support for Manmeet means a lot to his […] Read More »

Nov 2

Government must come clean about public transport privatisation

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) is calling on the NSW Government to come clean on whether it plans to privatise bus services currently run by the State Transit Authority (STA). “The people of NSW have every right to know what’s happening to their public transport services and our members have a right to […] Read More »

Oct 31

Big companies ready for privatisation of lucrative Sydney bus contracts

Reported in the SMH  Large companies are lining up to win Sydney’s most lucrative bus contracts as expectations grow that the Baird government will open to tender services that have been run for decades by the heavily unionised State Transit Authority. While Keolis Downer and Transit Systems are eager to bid, any decision to allow them […] Read More »

Oct 31

Message from the Divisional Secretary

It was a tragic end to the week on Friday when we learnt about the death of Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma. Read More »

Oct 28

Violent murder of Brisbane bus driver

The RTBU is condemning the violence perpetrated on 29- Brisbane A 29 year old Brisbane bus driver that has tragically lead to the loss of his life. The bus driver was doused in petrol and burnt to death in a violent random attack. This happened after an “item” was thrown at him, sparking a fire that […] Read More »