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 25

Newcastle update

This morning we met with Keolis Downer in Newcastle and successfully extended our policies from 3 months to 6 months. This will allow us more time to discuss the implementation of long term policies through consultation with our members and Keolis Downer. On October 20th, a working group of our delegates and drivers from Hamilton […] Read More »

Sep 22

Misguided beliefs cost dearly in Newcastle rail plan

SMH Letters to the Editor Where in the world would anyone close a heavy transport link without costing an adequate replacement, then spend $200,000 trying to discover who had leaked details to a long-suffering travelling public (“$220 million per km? Document leak casts doubt on rail plan”, September 21)? NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance and […] Read More »

Sep 21

Newcastle rail line revelations proof of government shonky decision

Revelations today in Fairfax newspapers (link: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/220-million-per-kilometre-sydney-to-newcastle-rail-line-rejig-to-burn-cash-20170920-gyld4t.html) show that the NSW Government made the decision to close the last section of the Newcastle rail line prior to any costing or assessment of the light rail replacement. Fairfax reports that the cabinet-in-confidence report, prepared after the decision to close the line, refers to the decision as […] Read More »

Sep 18

Securing a solid Agreement in Newcastle

We congratulate our members on an overwhelmingly positive vote for the 4-year Agreement for bus drivers in Newcastle. The highlights of the Agreement include:         11% pay increase over the 4 year Agreement         52 week redundancy clause          5 year no forced redundancy condition We’re proud of […] Read More »

Sep 13

Newcastle buses: Sonia Hornery takes Keolis Downer issue to Parliament

Published in the The Newcastle Herald, by Matt Carr.  Keolis Downer blamed technical issues for underpaying bus drivers. WALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery has pledged to take dropped Newcastle bus services to Parliament in a bid to fix the problem. The Newcastle Herald has reported more than 300 services have been cancelled in the last 10 […] Read More »

Sep 11

Don’t Sell Our Buses radio ad!

We’ve been driving the Don’t Sell Our Buses campaign across radio stations to spread the word about the Government’s privatisation scheme. Listen below! Read More »

Sep 11

After decades of privatisation, Wales may be about to re-nationalise local transport

Published by Left Foot Forward: It was one of Margaret Thatcher’s many ideological attacks on public services – and now the Welsh Government may be about to reverse it.  In 1985, Thatcher’s Transport Act banned councils from setting up bus companies. Not only that, it encouraged existing ones to be sold off. The result? A […] 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 »