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Second Adelaide bus driver strike called off

In last minute news, the second proposed Adelaide bus driver strike set to get underway today has been called off

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has announced that a South Australian bus driver strike meant to go ahead today has been called off.

There’ll be no free bus rides in Adelaide today after yesterday’s negotiations between Torrens Transit and its drivers came closer to reaching an agreement, according to The Advertiser.

The proposed strike comes after just last week a group of Adelaide bus drivers took industrial action over safety fears, holding banners and marching in an attempt to secure better pay and conditions.

Up to 1,000 Adelaide drivers went on strike, impacting at least 70 per cent of the city’s bus services.

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Bus drivers began the action at 3AM, with the strike lasting around 24 hours as the TWU continued negotiating with Torrens Transit after previous agreements expired.

Alongside a 14 per cent pay rise, drivers also wanted to improve safety screens to protect drivers.

Last Wednesday, Adelaide drivers once again threatened to take action if demands weren’t met.

Yet just the day before the proposed strike today, negotiations allowed the parties to stop the strike before it could take place.

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