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CAIRNS BUS DRIVERS TO STOP WORK IN PAY FRUSTRATION


TWU QLD BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 5 June 2017
 
Drivers for Sunbus in Cairns will be taking 48 hours of industrial action from 5am on Tuesday the 6th of June, as pay negotiations stall.

Sunbus drivers in Cairns have voted to take 48 hours of industrial action from 5am on Tuesday as frustration peaks at unproductive pay negotiations.
 
Transport Workers’ Union Queensland Branch Secretary Peter Biagini has said today that drivers are sick and tired of being paid less for doing the same job.
 
Currently, Sunbus drivers in Cairns are paid from two to four dollars and less per hour than their counterparts at Sunbus Marcoola and Sunbus Townsville respectively.
 
“The fact of the matter is that Sunbus drivers in Cairns are among the lowest paid on the TransLink network” said Biagini.
 
“There are drivers doing the exact same job, for the same company, in other parts of Queensland who are earning much more than they are - all on the TransLink network”
 
“It’s completely unfair to tell someone that because they’re in a different part of the state that they deserve less for the same job”
 
“These drivers are mums and dads with families to feed”
 
“Industrial action is always a last resort - it’s because of protracted and difficult negotiations like these that we have been fighting for equal rates on the TransLink network”
 
“With TransLink refusing to fund a fair wage increase for Sunbus to pass on to these drivers, they’re being squeezed from all sides”
 
“No driver wants to miss two days of work. That they are willing to take this action shows the frustration and desperation that they are feeling, and the fight that they are willing to have for themselves, their mates, and their families”
 
“These drivers deserve to be on a wage that reflects the work they do, so that they can continue to provide for themselves and their families”
 
Drivers will be picketing the Sunbus depot on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
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Media contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910 or Sarah Mawhinney 0413738841
 

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