May 13

Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union – Casual Vacancy Elections

Elections are being held for a number of casual vacancies within the union. Click here to download the election notice, which includes a list of positions nominations are being called for. Click here to download the nomination form. Note: Nominations open at 9am on 3 June 2019 and will not be accepted prior to that […] Read More »

Jul 3

Media Release: Newcastle buses shouldered out by costly “premium” service as RTBU calls for clarity

Regular timetabled Newcastle buses on routes 41, 43 and 48 are being reduced to make way for a new “premium” service which falls outside the Opal fee structure for the region, while the Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW calls for clarity on where the missing buses are being reallocated. As the hourly services on […] Read More »

Jul 2

Overcrowding on inner west line to continue for years after extra trams postponed

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that Transport for NSW was supposed to buy new trams mid last year to stop the overcrowding on Sydney’s inner west line. A year later and there has been no action on a move which could mean up to 1200 more passengers on the light rail at peak commute […] Read More »

Jun 28

‘Abuse is part of the job’: New data reveals bus drivers are living in fear of angry customers

An article on ABC News has revealed that nowadays, aggression towards bus drivers is a norm and many bus drivers are afraid that the next late bus or peak traffic time will mean copping abuse from both passengers and other motorists. New data from Transport Safety Victoria has shown that in the last 10 years, […] Read More »

Jun 3

Media Release: Commuters suffer as privatisation takes its toll on inner-west buses

It is clear that decisions from the NSW Government to privatise buses have only resulted in disaster for Sydney’s public transport system. New figures in today’s Sydney Morning Herald reveal that privatisation in Region 6 has led to a decrease in on-time running. Here’s a media release the Tram and Bus Division released today in […] Read More »

May 31


All RTBU NSW Tram & Bus Division members are advised that union dues will increase as of the first full pay period from 1st July 2019. The new rates that will be in effect as of 1st July 2019 are as follows: Bus & Tram Division Fortnightly Rate Full-Time Bus Operator $21.15 Part-Time Bus Operator […] Read More »

May 16

NSW Government begins trial of self-steering buses

Safety needs to be the number one priority when it comes to our transport systems. As the Government tries to push ahead with plans to create driverless buses, your union spoke to the media about the importance of the drivers role in keeping commuters and pedestrians safe. Click here to watch the story on Channel […] Read More »

May 9

Why we need to Change the Rules on May 18th

The Federal Election is coming up on May 18th. Are you ready to cast your vote for a better, fairer Australia? The upcoming Federal Election is about much more than just which party will govern Australia for the next three years. This election is about the direction of the country, and whether or not Australia […] Read More »

May 6

May Day 2019: Newcastle & Sydney events in pictures

In a fantastic show of solidarity, RTBU Bus and Tram members were out in force at both the Newcastle and Sydney May Day events during the week. Divisional President, Daniel Jaggers, who attended the Newcastle rally, said it was great to see so many members at the 1 May event in the Hunter region. “We […] Read More »

Apr 12

Bus and tram members rally to #ChangeTheRules

Australian workers right around the country attended a range of rallies on Wednesday April 10th to protest against the Federal Government’s atrocious leadership and their treatment of the Australian workforce. Under this Federal Government wage growth has hit an all-time low, industrial laws protecting workers have been eroded to the ground, and penalty rates have […] Read More »