Central Coast

Bus drivers to stop work for 1 hour Friday, September 7

06 Sep 2018

On Friday, September 7, some bus drivers in western Sydney and the Central Coast intend to stop work, taking protected industrial action over ongoing negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.

Busways regrets to advise that some Transport Workers Union (TWU) members may strike from 12 noon until 1pm on Friday, potentially causing some disruption to services during this time.

The affected services include routes in Penrith, Blacktown and Windsor Local Government Areas as well as routes in Gosford and Wyong.

Delays may continue beyond the 1 hour while we attempt to resume normal services.

This strike action will not affect school services.

Participating drivers also intend not to use Opal card readers. Passengers should be mindful this will affect the real time trip information on trip planning apps.

Negotiations over a new enterprise agreement have been taking place since late last year.

Busways has attended 10 official bargaining meetings and numerous informal discussions.

Busways has been in communication with the TWU throughout this period and thought that recent discussions were very constructive.

“The TWU continue to press for an annual pay increase of 5% and a 58% increase in employer contribution to superannuation. These sorts of wage cost increases are just unrealistic,” Managing Director at Busways, Byron Rowe said.

“It’s disappointing that our employees are taking industrial action on Friday while negotiations are continuing.”

Busways are already one of the highest payers in the industry. Busways pay more than 27% above the Bus Industry Modern Award.

Busways has approached the Fair Work Commission to assist in reaching a fair and reasonable solution for both employees and Busways.  

Busways apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciates the community’s understanding as we attempt to resolve these issues with the TWU and its delegates.

Customers can visit Busways’ Twitter @BuswaysGroup for further updates.