The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has ruled that the NSW Government will not be able to include superannuation rises in its public sector wage cap.
In a big win for all public sector workers, including bus drivers, the IRC upheld the application by public sector unions to have federally-mandated super increases paid on top of the 2.5 per cent wage cap the NSW Government has enforced.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird wanted the increase absorbed within its wages policy, effectively a cut to workers’ pay. He will now appeal against the decision.
Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Mark Morey said the Treasurer’s view is disappointing,
“The government should be focusing on growing the economy, rather than running frivolous cases and wasting the taxpayers money,” he told the ABC.
“The commission is saying that enough is enough, that the government can afford this on its own evidence.”
Bus drivers on Sydney’s northern beaches are in fear for their safety after a spate of incidents involving youth gangs, with inaction prompting a vote of no confidence by drivers in State Transit Authority (STA) management.
More than 10 individual drivers from the Mona Vale and Brookvale depots have reported complaints involving youths spitting, harassing and abusing drivers and even making threats against their families.
In one recent incident the whole Mona Vale bus depot had to be put in lock down when it was targeted by the gang.
The union is concerned the festive season will only see drunken and anti-social behaviour on pubic transport increase and attacks on bus drivers escalate.
The Bus and Tram Division has called on STA to immediately introduce security guards on all L90 buses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.
After a hard-fought campaign by the union’s Bus and Tram Division, the NSW government has today announced it will introduce a more frequent, one-way bus service between Kings Cross, Town Hall and Central to help late night transport from Kings Cross.
The Plan B bus will offer a safe and affordable way for people to get home from Kings Cross. The service will cost $2 and operate four times an hour from Kings Cross to Town Hall and then to Central.
Plan B buses will have a security guard on board to ensure driver and passenger comfort and safety.
Promotion of the new service will begin shortly with about 25,000 drink coasters promoting Plan B buses distributed to more than 15 venues across Kings Cross.
The Northern Beaches’ L90 has won STA’s annual Christmas bus competition.
The Manly Daily has run a great pic of the bus with all its Christmas cheer on their Facebook page.
Sydney Children’s Hospital patient Robert Davey, 10, judged the northern beaches vehicle the most festive, the Daily reports.
The depot will donate its $500 to Tour de Cure.
A new 20-year bus plan for Sydney has been released by the State Government today.
It includes plans for a three tiered system of services. According to the Minister media release:
- Rapid routes will connect major centres and provide a ‘turn up and go’ service like existing Metrobuses, with a bus at least every 10 minutes on weekdays.
- Customers on ‘Suburban’ routes will get a bus at least every 10 minutes in commuter peaks and every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays.
- Timetabled Local services will complete the network with buses stopping every 400 metres.
The plan also talks about developing more bus lanes and giving more traffic signal priority to buses, especially at pinch points.
There are no concrete timeframes for delivery and no consideration for funding or workforce requirements.
Plans come and go. We’ll have to see if this one is any different.
The Abbott Government has announced the following changes to the taxation of superannuation:
. Increase the tax on superannuation paid by workers earning less than $37,000 from 0% to 15%
. Reduce the tax on superannuation paid by workers who earn over $300,000 from 30% to 15%
In effect Tony Abbott is taking from the lower paid workers, and giving to the higher paid workers.
The changes undo reforms introduced by the Labor Government to boost the retirement savings of low paid workers while ensuring the country’s top earners pay their fair share of tax.
Following the sad departure of Alan Burke from the NSW Branch Council due to ill health, the Australian Electoral Commission has declared Narelle Sinclair from Brookvale Depot elected unopposed to fill the casual vacancy.
A very special thanks to Alan for his outstanding contribution to the RTBU over the years and in particular in his role as Workplace Delegate at Willoughby Depot. He will be missed.
Congratulations also to Narelle on her election, we look forward to having you on the team.
After tough negotiations NSW teachers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new agreement which will deliver, amongst other things, the maximum annual increases allowable under state law – 2.27%, 2.0% and 2.15% – for the next three years.
These increases would go up to 2.5% per annum if the NSW Government fails in its attempts to avoid paying the employer’s contribution to the increased superannuation guarantee levy. After the agreement passed the union has registered it’s disgust at the 2.5% salary cap imposed by the O’Farrell Government.
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