Busways drivers strike cancelled

Photography by: Supplied (TWUNSW)

Vehicle inspection time and wages at centre of delayed talks between Busways and unions

Busways drivers strike cancelled
Left to right - Ken Yearsley (Delegate Glendenning Depot); David Holland (Delegate Wyong Depot); Nimrod Nyols TWU bus official; Barry Hupton (Delegate Penrith Depot) Jim Hansen (Delegate Kincumber Depot)

A Busways drivers’ strike (or ‘stop-work meeting’) planned for September 28th has been cancelled after discussions resume between the company and its driver representatives.

Busways had initially refused to guarantee a government wage increase, causing protest from its employees.

The second point of contention in the debate is that of pre-operational safety checks, which drivers would like more time to complete.

In coming weeks, drivers will be able to vote on this issue.

The Transport Workers’ Union of NSW (TWUNSW) says initial talks over the disagreement were stalled, leading to the planning of two stop-work meetings.

Those meeting have been cancelled as driver representatives from Busways, as well as TWUNSW representatives, met with Busways management to re-start negotiations.

Earlier in the week, TWUNSW secretary Richard Olsen said the situation was back at square-one.

"It has come back to the position we faced from the very beginning of our dealings with Busways," he said.

"Drivers are still having to protect their pay and conditions."

Since discussions have been resumed, Olsen now says driver conditions need to be at the forefront of negotiations.

"TWU Members from two regions, the Central Coast and Western Sydney have successfully come together with common purpose, the safety and conditions for Busways drivers and the safety of other road users.

"We are continuing discussions with Busways and encourage them to think of the safety of their drivers.

"Drivers are an important part of their local community and the success of Busways operations."

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