Strike action in SA

By: Amie Hickland

Bus drivers in SA may be near the end of workplace agreement negotiation dispute

Strike action in SA
Bus drivers on strike in Adelaide

Adelaide’s ongoing workplace agreements dispute may be near an end with drivers to vote on a revised offer from operator Transfield.

The workplace agreement negotiations between the Transport Workers Union and operators SouthLink and Transfield (Light City Buses) are ongoing, and have seen no improvements to drivers’ security, working conditions or pay.

TWU South Australia/Northern Territory Secretary Ray Wyatt says Transfield drivers have to decide whether or not to accept a revised offer from the company.

Although the offer does not dramatically improve working conditions, it does involve a pay increase and Wyatt says the union will support members in their decision.

"If the majority of employees accept this offer than the offer will become the agreement," says Wyatt.

"They need to have a good look at it and make their own minds up."

The employees chance to vote on the offer closes this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, drivers for SouthLink are still waiting to hear from the company after a four-hour strike last week.

SouthLink drivers staged a four hour walk out last Friday, which was well attended according to Wyatt.

"It was a strong attendance," he says.

"Now we really have to wait and see from SouthLink – what they are going to do. The ball is in their court."

The company had previously come back to workers with a revised offer which was not accepted by workers.

"During the strike action it became pretty clear that the members did not think much of that revised offer," he says.

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