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Nov 30

Newcastle commuters left waiting as bus privatisation experiment fails

Media release, 30 Nov 2018: Newcastle’s bus privatisation experiment has been a dismal failure, with a new report revealing that one in 11 buses in the area turn up late. The NSW auditor-general’s public transport report shows that Newcastle is one of only 12 “outer Sydney” areas that has failed to meet a punctuality target […] Read More »

Nov 30

NSW Government handling of light rail project an expensive joke

In a further sign of the Transport Minister’s shambolic handling of the Sydney Light Rail project, a Parliamentary Inquiry has been told there’s a risk of even further delays and cost blow outs. The Acciona CEO fronted the inquiry into the project today and confirmed there’s a significant risk of delays beyond the government’s May […] Read More »

Sep 2

Light rail ‘crush capacity’

Confidential government documents have revealed that the number of passengers enduring “crush capacity” on Sydney’s inner west light rail line or being left behind on platforms will worsen unless the NSW Government buys more trams. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the documents show that even if new trams are bought, it will be […] Read More »

Jul 10

RTBU forces ALP to commit to ending privatisation

The RTBU has helped pressure the NSW ALP into ruling out any further privatisation of public assets, including our public transport systems. Following a strong anti-privatisation campaign by the RTBU in Newcastle and Region 6 and strong lobbying from the union, NSW Opposition leader, Luke Foley, pledged at the party’s recent state conference that the […] Read More »

Jun 25

Driver training: union has massive safety win

In a massive win for safety, the RTBU has successfully fought to get State Transit to change its position on driver training. The STA is nearing the end of a three month trial of outsourcing its driver training to an external provider – a trial which the RTBU has had serious concerns about. STA was […] Read More »

Jun 25

Opposition vows to end ‘destructive privatisation scam’

The NSW Opposition has committed to putting an end to the privatisation of public assets, like our transport systems, saying the Liberal Government’s privatisation plans have delivered nothing but a rise in the cost of living for working families. In his Budget Reply speech this week, Opposition Leader Like Foley said Labor would end the […] Read More »

Jun 15

Union dues – 2018 fee change

All RTBU Tram and Bus Division members are advised that union dues will increase as of the first full pay period from 1st July 2018. The new rates that will be in effect as of 1st July 2018 are as follows: Bus & Tram                            […] Read More »

Jun 11

RTBU – 2018 union elections notice

Nominations for the RTBU elections for National and NSW Branch positions for 2018 have now closed. Nominations may be withdrawn up to, but no later than 5pm on Thursday 2 August 2018. Below is an overview of the election timeline. It’s important to remember that the strength and health of our union relies on its […] Read More »

Jun 6

Media release: Bus drivers skeptical of Minister’s new bus services claim

6 June 2018: Bus drivers are skeptical about the Transport Minister’s claim today that NSW will get 2000 new bus services in the upcoming state budget, saying the claim doesn’t take into account all the services that have been cut recently and fails to consider the severe shortage of bus drivers in the state. RTBU Tram […] Read More »

Jun 5

Transport Heritage Expo – June long weekend

The award-winning Transport Heritage Expo is back on the 9th – 11th of June at Central Station, Sydney. The expo brings Sydney’s transport history to life with heritage train and bus rides, train displays, live music and much more. Bring the family along and enjoy the trip back in memory lane. Details at Read More »