Busways Stoppage For Monday 29 August 2016 And Today, Ticket And Opal Card Machines Not In Operation
Release date: 26/08/2016
TWU NSW BRANCH MEDIA RELEASE, 26 August 2016
Notification of legal Industrial Action which will impact Busways services on the Central Coast and in areas of Western Sydney (Penrith, Blacktown, Windsor and Castle Hill areas).
TWU Members employed by Busways are planning a stop work meeting on Monday morning which will take buses off the road. This legal industrial action will affect the morning commute and morning school services.
Busways services will be off the road between 5am and 9am on Monday, 29 August 2016.
Today (Friday), ticket and Opal Card machines will not be in operation which means passengers will be able keep their Opal Card in their pocket or bags when boarding their bus. Drivers will not be in uniform.
Richard Olsen, Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union of NSW said, “We see the stoppage planned for Monday morning as a last resort. Busways can prevent the stoppage by agreeing to do what they should have done in the first place, negotiate with their drivers.”
“Drivers do not want to inconvenience the public, the days where the ticket and Opal Card machines were not operating were aimed at providing a level of inconvenience to Busways management and the NSW Government. As the NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance requested last week, Drivers are seeking to have the issues resolved quickly. It appears that Busways are not.”
Yesterday (Thursday) Busways attempted to prevent Drivers taking legal industrial action in an application they made before the Fair Work Commission. The case was dismissed.
The TWU NSW advises that Busways passengers should call 131-500 for up to date service information.
The TWU NSW has notified the NSW Department of Education, the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools of the action that may impact school students on Monday.
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