In this edition of Bus Express, we hear from Gary Way and David Woollams about the concluded bus Enterprise Agreement, the union’s recent wins on travel time payments, sick leave, and the part-time/broken dispute.
Why did you become involved in the union? I was talked into getting involved by the exec at the time, and then three weeks later he resigned, leaving me to take his place. Since then I’ve never looked back. I like fighting for peoples’ rights and I want to make sure that no one is bullied or harassed at work. Everyone deserves to be treated in the right way.
What are your hobbies and interests? I like building racecars and racing with my son – I most recently built a skid/burnout car. I also like sci fi movies.
Where do you live and why do you like it? I grew up in Maroubra but moved to St Marys 34 years ago. I love the area and get along well with the people who live there. It’s almost in the country, if you drive for five minutes you’re in the scrub. I’d never move back to the city.
Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why? I’d like to have dinner with my cousin, Miranda Kerr. A lot of people don’t believe that she’s my cousin but my mother was a Kerr and is her aunty.
Members have overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed new agreement, with 90.34% of members voting in favour.
Nominations have now closed for upcoming RTBU elections. The list of nominations for both the National Office and the NSW branch are available below:
Through a routine dispute over excess travel time payments for drivers on loan from North Sydney to the Northern Beaches, the RTBU discovered the Northern Beaches General Manger was not paying the drivers their correct entitlements.
As a result, the RTBU demanded an audit on all depots across the network to see if this was an issue elsewhere.
The Union found that some 230 drivers had not been properly paid their excess travel payments since 1 July last year – some of these drivers were owed multiple payments.
STA has now committed to paying what they owe to these drivers and they will see an addition to their bank accounts in the coming weeks.
The Union is continuing their investigations on this issue and holding further meetings with STA management to see just how much further back this issue goes.
The outcome of the Casuals/Part Time broken dispute appeal is excellent for Sydney and Newcastle bus drivers:
– STA cannot make part time broken shifts
– Docs and Sunday shifts and any voluntary overtime must be offered to permanent employees first with casuals only being used as a last resort.
The Bus Division of the RTBU has negotiated for the new Bus Operators Award to maintain all existing conditions.
Members voted overwhelmingly at rank and file meetings (unanimous at most locations) to demand that all existing Award conditions remain included in the new Agreement – and the Union had delivered.
Feel free to contact your local delegate if you have any questions or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why did you become involved in the union? Before STA, I was a Factory Manager in the furniture industry. I had always considered myself a team player and helped my fellow work colleagues. I believe that having 100% completion in my production required a successful and strong team who worked together. I think Port Botany is the best Depot in STA and I consider my fellow work colleagues like a family, as I spend 12 to 14 hours of the day at work. I believe in a fair workplace where everyone is treated equally. And besides, who wouldn’t help family if they were in trouble?
2. What are your hobbies and interests? Going fishing, soccer (Italy to win the next world cup), taking my kids to soccer and watching them play, spending time with my family and helping my kids with their homework.
3. Who would you like to have dinner with (dead or alive) and why? My wife and children because life is short and every moment together is like gold.
Michael De Meo, RTBU Delegate for Port Botany depot
In this edition of Bus Express, Chris Preston and David Woollams give an update on the proposed new Enterprise Agreement. They also explain that union representatives will be giving a briefing in all depots in the coming weeks to discuss this further, and confirm that they plan to go to a ballot in September 26 at each location.
Welcome to Bus Express!
Divisional Secretary Chris Preston & Divisional President Gary Way