Brisbane driver strike persists

Brisbane bus drivers will strike on Friday afternoon, following similar stop work action last week


The industrial action comes as negotiations over pay and conditions between Brisbane City Council and the members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Queensland Branch has ground to a halt.

The vast majority of kids who bus home around Brisbane use dedicated school buses, which are not involved in the stoppage, despite the Brisbane City Council citing concerns over the safety of school children who may be affected.

Unionised drivers will collect no fares on Thursday and stop work from 2pm to 6pm on Friday.

RTBU Bus Division secretary Tom Brown says bus drivers will continue their campaign for safer buses, a fair wage increase, and modern rostering practices.

"While Brisbane City Council continue to refuse to negotiate with bus drivers, we are forced to renew the pressure," he says.

"We continue to press our demands for improved security at work, a decent pay rise and consultation over our rosters."

Brisbane City Council has advised that major impacts across the network are expected, including school services and peak hour, from about 1pm to 7pm as services start returning to normal.

Commuters who normally travel during these times are advised to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements. Additional CityCat services will be operating during the afternoon peak period.



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