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 »

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 »

Apr 1

Council steps up as state government axes local bus service in Newcastle

As the government prepares to axe Newcastle’s park and ride service, Newcastle Council has stepped up and announced they will fund the service for a further month, in hope that it buys more time to convince the state government to keep the important and valued local service. The Tram and Bus Division believe the axing […] Read More »

Mar 21

Media Release: Park and ride axing: NSW Government attacks Newcastle commuters once again 

The NSW Government’s decision to axe the Newcastle park-and-ride bus service is the latest in a long list of attacks the NSW Government has made on Newcastle commuters. The service carries commuters from McDonald Jones Stadium to the city each morning and returns again in the afternoon. Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW Tram and Bus […] Read More »

Mar 5

Newcastle Herald: Opinion piece from RTBU Tram & Bus Secretary

Click here to read the opinion piece, A timetable for failure,  by RTBU Bus & Tram Secretary, David Babineau in the Newcastle Herald.   A timetable for failure While the Premier and Transport Minister have been in Newcastle recently, cutting ribbons and talking up the positive difference they’ve made to transport in the region; commuters are […] Read More »

Feb 18

Commuters forced to pay for inferior service as fare free zone lifted & Commuters reminded to respect drivers  

On Monday February 18, the RTBU spoke to the media in Newcastle to remind customers to take out their frustrations with the Government’s removal of the fare free zone on the Transport Minister, not drivers. This NSW Government have run Newcastle transport to the ground and it’s commuters who are having to pay the price […] Read More »

Feb 14

Media release: Bus drivers welcome commitment to bring back Bronte buses; end bus privatisation

Media release, 14 Feb 2019: Bus drivers have today welcomed a commitment from the Labor Party to end bus privatisation in the state and to bring back the 378 bus – the direct service from Bronte to the city. The 378 service was axed in late 2017 by the current Liberal Government – a move which […] Read More »

Feb 8

Media Release: Newcastle commuters continue to suffer from bungled transport projects

Transport workers are slamming the NSW Government over a revelation that Newcastle’s new trams will be running only every 10-15 minutes from day one, instead of every 7 and a half minutes as promised.   The Rail Tram and Bus Union’s Tram and Bus Division Secretary, David Babineau, said “It is absolutely disgraceful that workers […] Read More »