Bus drivers to walk off job over pay dispute

Release date: 31/07/2012

Central Australian bus drivers working for the tour company AAT Kings plan to walk off the job later this week over a pay dispute.

By Allyson Horn, ABC Alice Springs

The drivers, who take tourists to places like Uluru, say they have failed to reach an agreement with the company on several pay issues, including wage increases, penalty payments for public holidays and a remote allowance.

"Ninety per cent of workers across the country enjoy public holidays or, if they are required to work, they would receive penalty [rates] for doing so," Ray Wyatt from the Transport Workers Union said.

"This company doesn't believe this group of hard working men and women deserve that."

Mr Wyatt says about 20 drivers will take part in a stop work meeting on Thursday.

"Our members are determined to follow this right through," he said.

"At that meeting they will decide whatever form of action they will take next."

AAT Kings is yet to respond.

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