Amenity anguish

NSW bus drivers use buckets and milk crates to demonstrate substandard facilities

Amenity anguish
TWU Bus Official Nimrod Nyols and Bus Driver Jim Hansen pictured in front of the protest set up

New South Wales Central Coast Bus drivers have staged an angry protest this week, to highlight the sub-standard facilities for local drivers at Gosford station which they say pose a major threat to public health and safety.

Transport Workers Union (TWU) Newcastle Sub-branch Secretary Mick Forbes says drivers established an impromptu rest area – complete with milk crates for seats, a bucket for a toilet and a basin of dirty water for hand washing, to highlight the facilities Transport for NSW expects them to use at work.

"Bus drivers provide an essential community service, carrying thousands of schoolkids, commuters and pensioners across the Central Coast every day and they shouldn’t be treated like second-class citizens," he says.

"More than 400 buses run through Gosford and Woy Woy interchanges each day, but drivers don’t have any rest facilities. The toilets at Gosford are wholly inadequate for the number of services and at Woy Woy there are no driver facilities."

Jim Hansen, a bus driver in the area for over 14 years, says drivers are fed up with being treated like second class citizens.

"I’m on a bus for anything up to five hours without a break but when I get to Gosford or Woy Woy the facilities are either inadequate or non-existent. Surely it’s not too much to ask for a decent, safe and hygienic place to use the bathroom and take a rest break?" says Hansen.

The TWU is calling on the State Government to immediately put proper facilities in place.

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