Here’s when Sydney bus drivers organize strikes for equal pay
Bus drivers in South West and Central West Sydney are staging strikes from Thursday 2 to Monday 6 December to protest for more equal working conditions.
Good for them I say: but if you plan to commute, maybe go for the train.
The New South Wales Transport Workers Union is organizing the strike, which is expected to involve up to 1,200 bus drivers.
If you’ve tried to take the bus between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday morning, you’re going to be out of luck (and no bus). FYI, the next strike is scheduled for Friday evening at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Following this, the drivers are planning a 24-hour strike for Monday, December 6.
Drivers oppose the partial privatization of NSW’s bus industry, which has led to unequal wages and varying conditions for drivers in different parts of the state.
Basically, some drivers are paid less for taking the same routes as other drivers.
This is particularly insane given that transport workers had to keep working throughout the pandemic. Maybe we should just start paying people what they deserve? A wild concept, I know, but I think it might work.
Richard olsenUnion Secretary of State told News.com.au that “these bus drivers have arrived day in and day out throughout the pandemic to serve the community – the last thing they want to do is to go on strike, but the company’s stubborn refusal to negotiate left them no other option.
“All bus drivers ask for is a simple guarantee that if you drive a public bus in Sydney you will be paid the same as everyone else doing the same job.
“Operator Transit Systems and the state government have chosen to ignore these drivers, so they have no choice but to go on strike to make their voices heard,” he said. for follow-up.
“We call on Transit Systems and the state government to stop playing games and come to the table to come to a fair deal with these drivers, including the same job and the same pay.”
So yes, just a warning that you will have to plan to use other public transport on certain days which is certainly a downside, but which arose out of the fact that workers demand equal pay which is more than a good cause.