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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 »

Apr 20

Newcastle Herald: Keolis Downer announces new direct bus connections in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie timetable shake-up

Newcastle Herald, Nick Bielby  Direct connections between eastern Lake Macquarie and two of the region’s major shopping and business hubs are among the changes Newcastle’s bus operator will introduce in July. The Newcastle Herald can reveal that Keolis Downer will amend its new timetable – which has been the subject of public outcry in recent months – in response to community feedback. Cardiff […] Read More »

Apr 20

Media Release: Finally. New Newcastle bus timetable long overdue

Any new bus timetable in Newcastle must be drafted in consultation with the community and drivers, the RTBU said today.   Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Tram and Bus Division President, Dave Woollams, said that news today that Keolis Downer will change its problem-ridden timetable is very welcomed, albeit it long overdue.   However, […] Read More »

Apr 12

Absurd rant from Andrew Constance on Newcastle buses

In an absurd rant in today’s Newcastle Herald, Andrew Constance claims to have ‘rescued’ the Newcastle bus and transport system (by flogging it off) and ‘rescued the city too.’ Newcastle bus drivers and commuters know that Constance is off his rocker with these delusional claims. If the Newcastle bus privatisation has been such a success […] Read More »

May 26

Uber buses: the Transport Minister is dreaming

Bus passengers in Sydney’s inner west may be able to summon smaller vehicles to pick them up on demand, according to Andrew Constance’s latest vision for a franchised bus operation in the area. But the bus union has rubbished the idea, saying on-demand buses are a fanciful notion for the inner city. RTBU Bus Division […] Read More »

May 25

Labor claims removal of bus stops ‘a ploy’ to make Region 6 more attractive to private operators

Labor claims a move to remove many bus stops in Region 6 was “a ploy” by the government to make the services more attractive to a private operator. Read More »

May 25

Uni students not convinced privatisation would solve transport woes

Frustrated University of NSW students already lumped with abysmal bus services from the Kensington campus have said they were not convinced privatising public transport would improve their commute. Read More »

May 24

Messages of support

We’ve had a steady stream of support for our campaign against bus privatisation from other unions, community organisations and individuals. Here are some of their messages. Read More »

May 18

Great turnout at Bus Division press conference!

There was a fantastic turn out at the RTBU Bus Division media conference on Thursday morning. A big thank you to all of our members who came and a special thank you to members of other unions who turned out in support. 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 »