Jul 21

Breaking news: NSW bus privatisation push hits road block

The NSW government’s plan to privatise some of Sydney’s bus services has hit a roadblock in the form of a petition signed by 10,000 people. Rail, Tram and Bus Union members handed the petition to Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Greens transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi at the Burwood bus depot on Thursday. The number of […] Read More »

Jul 20

Another win! Region 6 bus privatisation to be debated in Parliament!

On Thursday the 20th of July, we handed over the 14,000 written petitions collected in the Don’t Sell Our Buses campaign to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley, and NSW Greens Transport Spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi. A petition of more than 10,000 signatures means that Constance’s drastic decision to privatise region 6 buses will be questioned and […] Read More »

Jul 12

More than 5000 passengers sign a petition during a commuter day of action

THOUSANDS of passengers signed a petition opposed to the state government’s plan to privatise State Transit buses across the inner west. As part of a Commuter Day of Action organised by the Rail Tram & Bus Union, about 5,000 signatures were collected from passengers worried that fares will rise and services will suffer under the […] Read More »

Jul 12

Don’t Sell Our Buses campaign reaches Constance’s doorstep

500kms away from the Inner-West of Sydney, the Don’t Sell Our Buses campaign has reached the front of Constance’s office in Bega. Read More »

Jul 10

Newcastle bus privatisation raising fare questions

The privatisation of Newcastle buses and ferries kicked in last Friday night. French company Keolis Downer  now runs the show under the business name “Sacré Bleu”, I mean Newcastle Transport. The same company will also operate the light rail once it’s up and rolling. “Revenue” springs to mind as Newcastle Transport announced the introduction of fare […] Read More »

Jul 10

Why privatisation won’t make Sydney’s buses run on time

There is a twisted piece of logic at play in the New South Wales government’s plans to privatise bus routes across Sydney’s inner west. The excuse for this move was the 12,000 complaints the government said it had received over a four-year period, mainly about buses running late or not leaving their depots on time. […] Read More »

Jul 6

NSW Transport document leaks – Why we CAN’T trust Constance

The NSW Opposition Leader has accused Transport Minister Andrew Constance of misleading Parliament, after leaked confidential documents appear to contradict his claims the multi-billion-dollar Sydney light rail project is on time and on budget. Cabinet in confidence documents obtained by the Opposition show that in March, the Government’s own bureaucrats gave the on-time status of […] Read More »

Jul 6

Commuters in Sydney can look forward to “seven months of misery”

Commuters in Sydney can look forward to “seven months of misery” as one of the newest parts of the rail network, which opened less than a decade ago, is shut down because it’s no longer fit for purpose. On Wednesday, the NSW Government announced that the Epping to Chatswood line, which is just eight years old, […] Read More »

Jul 6

Commuter Action Day: Sydneysiders take widespread action against Constance’s privatisation attacks

  On Wednesday July 5, commuters across Sydney volunteered at their local bus stop to spread awareness about Constance’s privatisation plans and the havoc this will cause for passengers. The commuter-volunteers gave away thousands of flyers to passengers across Sydney’s buses, as well as securing signatures for the Don’t Sell Our Buses petition. RTBU Bus […] Read More »

Jul 5

Bus drivers punished for standing up against Constance’s privatisation attacks

NSW bus drivers have had their pay cut by up to $150 a week as the State Transit Authority punishes workers for standing up against Constance’s privatisation attacks. Due to a condition in the award, drivers risk losing their Industry Allowance if they don’t follow by the rules of the Dispute Settlement Procedure (DSP). As […] Read More »