ACTION stops action

The ACT’s Action bus drivers have reached a position with the AMWU to stop further industrial action while an enterprise agreement is negotiated

ACTION stops action
ACTION stops action

May 31, 2011

An in-principle agreement has been reached between ACTION and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) in relation to the driving pool’s next Enterprise Agreement.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Simon Corbell says there will be no further industrial action taken by AMWU members.

"This is a win for ACTION, a win for the AMWU and most importantly, a win for the travelling public," Corbell says.

"Members of the AMWU had recently taken protected industrial action during April that significantly impacted on the operation of bus services in the ACT."

Corbell says that ACTION has been using the current bargaining process to review work practices and to achieve the flexibility required to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of Canberra's bus services.

"The in-principle agreement between ACTION and the AMWU represents the first step toward achieving this goal," he says.

"It is now important that agreement is reached with the Transport Workers Union to ensure the continued delivery of bus services to the Canberra community."

He says ACTION is continuing negotiations with the TWU and that both parties remain committed to reaching agreement as soon as possible and will continue to meet on a regular basis.

"I am pleased to see the constructive participation of all parties working towards an agreed outcome and I commend the recent positive result reached between ACTION and the AMWU."

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