The NSW government released its long awaited transport masterplan two days ago just yesterday with plans to introduce light rail services from the city out to Randwick and down George St.
RTBU Secrteary Alex Claassens responded to the plan saying the Government’s commitment to additional public transport in the masterplan was welcome but the detail and delivery needed to be treated with caution.
You can read more about the masterplan here
The Tram and Bus Division Committee has unanimously passed a motion to support all RTBU members facing aggressive reforms from the O’Farrell government.
The announcements last week to slash 750 jobs and restructure RailCorp is just the latest initiative from a government which continues to show its contempt for the rights of workers.
Our union has a proud history of fighting together against hostile employers and governments. We will stand strong together against any attacks on our sector.
This week your union sent a strong message to the Minister for Transport that any attack on workers rights is unacceptable.
The NSW Government has announced they will be offering 750 voluntary redundancies in RailCorp middle management, splitting RailCorp into two entities Sydney Rail and NSW Rail, and introducing a new management regime for cleaners.
These cuts do not affect Bus and Tram workers but they indicate the attitude this government has to dedicated transport workers. Your union met with the Minister for Transport after the announcement and made it clear that the government’s treatment of workers would not be tolerated. Read more »
Ideas put forward by drivers on how to improve Sydney buses formed part of the RTBU’s final submission to the NSW Long-Term Transport Masterplan.
“Everyone has a theory about what’s wrong with NSW transport,” said Mr Claassens at the event. “ Transport workers, however, understand the State’s transport system better than anyone.”
You can review the submission here.
Mr Claassens also said that increasing the number of workers on the transport network had to be a priority for any plan moving forward.
Last week the Sydney Morning Herald ran an editorial attacking rail workers, and backing calls for station staff and train guards to be sacked.
RTBU Branch Secretary Alex Claassens sent a letter of response to the newspaper, but the gutless newspaper refused to publish it.
The State Budget contained funding for a number of bus and tram projects, but this investment will be wasted if there are not enough workers to run services.
RTBU (NSW) Secretary Alex Claassens said 350 jobs were being cut to ‘back office’ staff in transport agencies, but the State Government had not announced any new front-line service positions. Read more »
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