Dec 12

Union cautious as new Newcastle Transport operator announced

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) of New South Wales has cautiously welcomed today’s announcement that Keolis Downer will take over Newcastle Transport’s operation, marking the end of an era for Newcastle Buses and Ferries. RTBU NSW Tram and Bus Secretary Chris Preston said, “We welcome better integrated transport for the city of Newcastle, […] Read More »

Dec 6

Newcastle light rail needs NSW Auditor-General’s attention say NSW Greens

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: Newcastle’s light ‍rail project should be investigated by the NSW Auditor-General in light of problems with the Sydney CBD light ‍rail, the NSW Greens have requested. An auditor-general’s report late last month on the CBD and South East Light ‍Rail project said the cost of the Sydney project blew out […] Read More »

Dec 2

Thank-you and Merry Christmas from the Tram and Bus Division

It’s been a tough year for the Tram and Bus Division. As usual privatisation of bus services has been top of the agenda. This year we’ve been out on the streets to fight against the privatisation of bus services, talking to the public and representing our members in the ongoing debate In particular we are […] Read More »

Dec 2

The fight against bus privatisation continues

Bus privatisation protests have continued across Sydney this month. Tram and Bus Division Secretary Chris Preston and President David Woollams have been hitting the streets with union volunteers and supporters to talk to the public about privatisation of bus services and what it could mean to them. RTBU members were out leafleting commuters, and asking […] Read More »

Dec 2

Watch – Possible fines for bus companies that miss targets

Reported by 7 News: An audit of bus services across Sydney has recommended bus operators start being fined for failing to meet on time targets. Watch full story here. Read More »

Dec 1

Light rail audit puts govt under pressure

Reported by AAP: The NSW treasurer has stepped up to “take full responsibility” for a cost blowout in the CBD-eastern suburbs light rail link, after an audit revealed poor planning and omissions in the original business case for the project had cost taxpayers an extra half a billion dollars. The anticipated budget for the CBD […] Read More »

Nov 17

Watch – Bus privatisation protest

Reporter by 9 News: Bus drivers and union officials targeting Sydney bus stations as part of a protest over privatisation fears. Bus drivers and union officials targeting Sydney bus stations as part of a protest over privatisation fears. #9News — Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) November 16, 2016 Read More »

Nov 16

RTBU Bus Division joins protest against threat of public transport privatisation

The RTBU Bus Division took part in an action this morning to put Passengers Before Profits. Unions NSW and RTBU members (including bus drivers) were out leafleting commuters, and asking them to sign a petition, against the threat of bus privatisation in NSW. RTBU NSW Secretary Chris Preston said, “This isn’t the first time we’ve […] Read More »

Nov 16

Unions protest threat of public transport privatisation at Sydney bus stops

The RTBU and Unions NSW are targeting bus stops across Sydney, during peak travel periods, this week, to draw attention to the threat of privatisation of Sydney bus services. Unions NSW and RTBU NSW will be leafleting commuters as part of the Passengers Before Profits campaign against public transport privatisation. RTBU NSW Secretary Chris Preston […] Read More »

Nov 16

Boys in hospital after bus crash

Reported by the Daily Telegraph: Two boys were airlifted to hospital, one with serious head injuries, after two school buses crashed south of Wollongong yesterday afternoon. Forty students aged from seven to 16, all from Illawarra Christian School, were on board when the buses collided on Tongarra Rd, Albion Park. A seven-year-old boy, who was […] Read More »