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May 9

Great turnout at May Day marches in Sydney and Newcastle!

The RTBU Tram and Bus Division had a strong turnout at the May Day marches in both Sydney and Newcastle over the weekend. Divisional Secretary Chris Preston and President David Woollams joined members to stand up for workers’ rights and conditions at the Sydney March.   All up, around 100 RTBU members across all divisions attended and we had a great time […] Read More »

Aug 31

Submissions close for Newcastle transport tender

Submissions from private providers to operate the Newcastle Integrated Services closed on the 30th of August. The preferred bidder to operate the ten year contract will be announced by the State Government by the 31st of October. The new operator will control all bus, ferry and future light rail services in Newcastle. Read More »

Jul 29

Private buyers in for workforce shock

Divisional Secretary Chris Preston took to the airwaves in Newcastle to let the public know just what is happening to drivers in Newcastle. Read More »

Jul 27

Grand tour for private operators as government continues to ignore Newcastle workers

Transport for NSW is today hosting a goodwill tour of depots for companies tendering for contracts to operate the privatised Transport for Newcastle, as drivers again wear plain clothes to show their displeasure at a lack of support and information coming from government. Read More »

Jun 24

Newcastle industrial action brings TfNSW back to the table

Yesterday saw a new round of industrial action in Newcastle, with drivers refusing to wear uniforms and not accepting fares from passengers. This had the desired effect with the government calling the union early in the morning and agreeing to return to the table and speak with workers. Read More »

Jun 22

Safety too high a price for Government in Newcastle Light Rail deal

The lack of important safety features on Newcastle’s new light rail cars has raised concerns that the NSW Government is trying to cut costs at the expense of passenger safety. Read More »

Jun 16

Newcastle Herald: Newcastle bus drivers don Hawaiian shirts for privatisation protest

Newcastle Buses – the blue and white state government buses – are likely to be run by the same private sector operator as the proposed Newcastle light rail under plans being promoted by the Baird government. Read More »

Jun 14

Waiting for answers no holiday as drivers put on their Hawaiian shirts

In an act of frustration, Newcastle Bus drivers have refused to wear their uniforms and instead chose to wear brightly coloured Hawaiian shirts to protest the lack of information provided by TfNSW about just what the sell off of services will mean for workers. Read More »

Apr 28

Newcastle Council rejects light rail route

Newcastle City Council has stood up for community and good sense by voting to reject the State Government’s planned light rail route, instead suggesting that the route should run down Hunter Street along with vehicle traffic. Read More »

Apr 27

Reality bites as Newcastle Light Rail “consultation” begins

When the term “sleepwalking into a planning disaster” is mentioned in the first line of a newspaper article, you know that the situation will probably only get worse. But that’s the reality of the proposed Newcastle Light Rail with the government finally releasing their Review of Environmental Factors for the project. Read More »