Best Make Alternate Plans, 1200 Sydney Bus Drivers Are On Strike Tomorrow
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 15:47
Mr Constance said inner west drivers would continue their employment under the new operator.
"This action is on (NSW Transport Minister Andrew) Constance's head".
Union representatives blamed Mr Constance's snap decision to privatise their services for the strike.
'We're really hoping bus drivers do turn up to work this afternoon and we will prioritise those buses to really service the school service run so that we can get the kids home this afternoon, ' she told reporters in Sydney.
"There is one person to blame for this stoppage and that is Minister Constance", a statement from RTBU bus division secretary Chris Preston said.
They sent another order on Thursday morning, advising drivers to return to work otherwise they would face "legal consequences".
More than 1000 bus drivers from depots in Sydney's south and inner west will stop work all day on Thursday to protest the NSW government's plans to privatise bus routes.
The government will continue to own Region 6 buses and assets, including depots, and set Opal fares and timetables.
The union accused Mr Constance of incompetence and says he backflipped on written assurances past year the routes wouldn't be privatised.
"Unlike the union, this government is about putting customers first".
The strike won't just affect those using public transportation.
"All customers affected by the industrial action are advised to plan ahead, catch the train or light rail or if possible, make arrangements with employers to work flexibly", the TMC spokesman said.
"I have been very clear - there will be more jobs for bus drivers, not fewer, as Sydney grows", he said.
"Road users and public transport customers across the network are advised to allow plenty of additional travel time during peak periods as traffic is expected to be heavier than usual and patronage on other modes of transport will be increased".
438 and 461 will be available along Parramatta Road between 6am and 10am and 3pm and 7pm.
If you were planning on catching a bus today, make sure you plan for the massive strike that 1,200 Sydney bus drivers are taking.
If travelling to Sydney Airport, the 400 (Bondi Junction to Burwood) is impacted.