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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 »

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 »

May 25

Newcastle Herald: Labor says Keolis Downer contract encourages shorter bus routes in Newcastle

Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison has accused the state government of encouraging Keolis Downer to “chop up” Newcastle’s bus network by offering it per-passenger incentive payments. The company said in March that its passenger numbers were up 4.9 per cent in January, a year-on-year rise from 304,330 to 319,360.  Read more of the Newcastle Herald story.  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 24

Watch: Labor’s Luke Foley slams privatisation plans in Parliament

Buses should be run for the public benefit, not private profit, says NSW Labor. Here’s NSW Labor leader Luke Foley speaking in Parliament. Read More »

May 23

NSW Labor calls bus privatisation a “shortsighted and shameful decision”

Watch Labor MPs fight back against bus privatisation in NSW Parliament, calling it a “shortsighted and shameful decision” and demanding that the government abandon these plans and “keep public bus services in public hands.” Read More »

May 20

Complain to Constance!

Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s decision to privatise bus services in Sydney’s inner west is a complete betrayal of bus drivers and Sydney commuters. Mr Constance’s plan, which would come into effect in July next year includes: Privatising 233 bus routes across Sydney, almost a third of the system Slashing the jobs of 1200 bus drivers […] 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 »