Unions up the ante

Sydney bus drivers gathered at Sydney’s Burwood bus depot to handover more than 10,000 signatures to in an attempt to stop the plan to privatise Sydney’s inner west buses

Unions up the ante
There is widespread community support for halting the privatisation of bus services in Sydney according to the RTBU


The petition was handed to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley and NSW Greens Transport Spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi.

 The fight against privatisation of region 6 buses has escalated, with more than 10,000 petitions signed in less than eight weeks, forcing the decision to be discussed and reconsidered in Parliament.

RTBU NSW Bus and Tram secretary Chris Preston says there is widespread community support for halting the privatisation.

"New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced this drastic decision in May without any consultation with passengers, the community or bus drivers."

"Everyone knows privatisation means higher fares for commuters, job cuts for drivers, the removal of unprofitable bus routes and cut backs on maintenance."

"We’re looking forward to having the issue discussed in Parliament, as thousands of Sydneysiders are counting on this measure to protect their public transport and keep public buses in public hands."

Constance and the New South Wales Government maintain that the privatisation will lead to more reliable services and comes as the result of poor performance results.

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