Feb 24

RTBU Blasts Penalty Rates Decision

The RTBU has blasted the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday penalty rates for workers in the hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy industries. RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva said the cut to wages for low-paid workers was even more galling when the Federal Government was proposing to give a $50 billion […] Read More »

Feb 23

Fair Work Commission rules to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers

This morning the Fair Work Commission has ruled that the Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast food industries, the Fair Work Commission has ruled. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said nearly half a million people, including some of the […] Read More »

Feb 23

Newcastle commuters to be shifted to light rail

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: Newcastle’s public buses are likely to run down King Street and Honeysuckle Drive while the light rail is being built, and most services will terminate at the Wickham interchange once the trams are operating on Hunter Street. The free buses that have run throughout the CBD since 2004 are also likely to […] Read More »

Feb 21

Sydney CBD and South East light rail crowding rates exceed bus and train ‘crush capacity’

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Passenger crowding on the $2.1 billion Sydney inner-city light rail is forecast to easily exceed “crush capacity” rates for buses and heavy rail, raising questions about patronage on key sections of the line. The analysis is contained in a capacity report for the Sydney CBD and South East light […] Read More »

Feb 20

Bus passenger risked Sydney Harbour Bridge inferno to tap off Opal card

Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: Call it a burning desire to get the correct fare. Transport investigators examining the bus fire that shut down the Sydney Harbour Bridge last September were left flabbergasted upon discovering a passenger ignored flames to jump back on to the bus to “tap off” their Opal card. The fastidious passenger, […] Read More »

Feb 8

Opinion: Newcastle trams and city traffic

Published in the Newcastle Herald: With the Wickham transport interchange taking shape on the western side of Stewart Avenue – and with light rail operator Keolis Downer promising a more frequent service than originally expected – legitimate questions are being asked about the traffic impacts on one of the inner city’s most problematic choke points. […] Read More »

Feb 8

Newcastle: Fears introduction of light rail crossing in 2019 will cause traffic congestion along Stewart Avenue

Published in the Newcastle Herald: It was one of the city’s most notorious pinch points before the removal of the level crossing and critics fear traffic gridlock will return to Stewart Avenue when light rail arrives in 2019. But the man charged with overseeing the light rail rollout – Revitalising Newcastle project director Michael Cassel – has […] Read More »

Feb 3

Union calls for severe punishment after bus driver attacked

The Rail Tram and Bus Union of NSW has condemned an attack on an STA bus driver whilst on duty in Campsie last night. The bus driver has narrowly escaped serious injury after being punched in the face whilst sitting outside his bus on a rest break. Chris Preston, Secretary of the Tram and Bus […] Read More »

Jan 30

RTBU urges Premier Berejiklian to overturn Newcastle privatisation

The Tram and Bus Division have taken proactive steps under the new Berejiklian Government to urge the new premier to overturn the privatisation of transport in Newcastle. With a new agenda based around enhancing local infrastructure, the Union feels there is no more important infrastructure that public transport. The union told the premier that public […] Read More »

Jan 23

Mike Baird’s retirement met with smiles by Hunter Workers and Rail Tram and Bus Union

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: News of Mike Baird’s retirement has been met with smiles and delight among some union representatives, who say the outgoing NSW Premier would not be missed in the Hunter Region. Chris Preston, the NSW divisional secretary of the Rail Tram and Bus Union, said Baird’s “disgraceful” legacy for Newcastle would be the […] Read More »