Feb 22

Crisis talks: next steps

On Monday the 19th of February, the RTBU held crisis talks with Keolis Downer to raise our serious concerns about their inability to resolve a variety of issues after many months of problems. Keolis Downer is yet to implement a working roster and pay workers correctly.   From the meeting, we agreed upon the following next […] Read More »

Feb 22

Transport NSW to fine Spanish consortium Acciona $500,000 for every day light rail is delayed

Constance seems to ignore the fact that it’s tax payers wearing the cost of his poor management of our transport network… not him. The Daily Telegraph THE Spanish consortium building Sydney’s light rail will be forced to pay at least $500,000 for every day it misses the project’s 2019 opening date, The Daily Telegraph has been […] Read More »

Feb 21

Longer trips for light rail passengers without green-light priority

Trams on Sydney’s new $2.1 billion light rail line will need greater priority over motorists at traffic lights in the inner city if passengers are to avoid longer delays to their trips, an internal report shows. The confidential report commissioned by Transport for NSW estimates passengers will spend between seven and nine minutes waiting on […] Read More »

Feb 21

Sydney light rail MESS

It’s no surprise to us that Sydney’s light rail project continues to be bungled by poor management, timing and budgeting. Tax payer money is going down the drain on a project that continues to fall further behind schedule. Read more below. The Daily Telegraph SYDNEY’S $2.1 billion light rail project is so far behind schedule that […] Read More »

Feb 20

Huge crowd demands review of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s new bus timetable

Last night we joined over 1,000 Newcastle commuters is venting our anger and frustrations over Newcastle’s privatised bus network. Chris Preston, RTBU NSW Secretary addressed the audience to raise the concerns we’ve been bellowing for months. Privatisation leads to bus stop closures, removal of routes and reduced services. And for drivers, privatisation in Newcastle has also […] Read More »

Feb 16

Newcastle Buses – RTBU holds crisis talks on Monday

Seven months later and we’re still experiencing the havoc of Constance’s privatisation scheme in Newcastle that has been plagued with problems since day one. We’ve now pressured Keolis Downer to attend a crisis meeting on Monday morning, where we will raise our serious concerns about their inability to resolve these issues after many months of […] Read More »

Feb 14

The Australian: Constance picks a new union fight

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has picked another fight with the Rail Tram and Bus Union, announcing that a company called Transit Systems has won the right to run the city’s inner-west bus services. The government’s latest privatisation announcement was put on ice following Mr Constance’s difficulties with the union during a threatened train strike […] Read More »

Feb 14

SMH: Transit Systems wins bus privatisation race in Sydney

SMH, Matt O’Sullivan The Berejiklian government has pushed ahead with the privatisation of bus services in Sydney’s inner west, confirming Transit Systems will take over from the state-run operator in July. The move has infuriated the Rail Tram and Bus Union which claims privatisation of bus region six – covering suburbs from Kensington in the […] Read More »

Feb 13

Transport Minister Constance betrays Sydney commuters and drivers with bus sell off

Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, has today announced that over a third of Sydney’s public buses will be immediately handed to a private bus operator despite a huge public backlash. The news that private operator Transit Systems will take over the running of the inner-west, Region 6 buses, comes after the massive ’Don’t Sell Our Buses’ […] Read More »

Feb 13

Region 6 privatisation – important update

The NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, has just announced Transit Systems as the new operator to run region 6. The announcement completely ignores: · 30,000+ signatures from commuters who are opposed to the privatisation of their buses in region 6; · Town Hall protest meetings (Marrickville, Leichhardt & Pitt St); · Rallies held at all […] Read More »