Transit Systems bus commuters won’t need their Opal cards or money for fares next week.
Bus drivers at Transit Systems will hold a fare free week and a two hour stop work next Monday. It’s part of a Transport Workers Union campaign to ensure they are paid on par with other bus drivers across NSW.
Drivers have voted to take action that they say will have minimal impact on the public but will send a clear message to Transit Systems managers, amid TWU claims the company is holding back more than $1.1million in taxpayer funds that were meant for wages.
Drivers who are members have resolved to not turn on ticket machines, providing one week of fare-free days to passengers using Transit Systems bus services across western and south-western Sydney. This includes services across the suburbs of Liverpool, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Merrylands, Granville, Parramatta, Wetherill Park and Prospect.
This includes the T80 Liverpool-Parramatta service and all services starting from 800 through to 820.
A two hour stop work meeting will take buses off the road from 10am to noon on Monday (February 27).
Fare-free days will be in place from next Monday until the following Monday (March 6).
Drivers will also refuse to wear their Transit Systems uniform.
“It’s time that these under-paid bus drivers are given a fair go like the rest of the industry,” said TWU NSW secretary Richard Olsen.
“After two and a half years of poor treatment by Transit Systems management who aren’t listening to driver concerns while pocketing taxpayer funded contributions intended for drivers’ wage increases, enough is enough.
“Bus drivers are among the most valued members of our communities, providing the transport needs for schoolkids, workers and their families.
“The actions taken by our members will remind Transit Systems of the responsibility they have to ensure that drivers are not treated as second-rate compared to the rest of the industry.”
He called on Transit Systems management to renegotiate the enterprise agreement properly.
“We’d welcome too any intervention from Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who seems to be sitting on his hands while Transit Systems keep taxpayer funds intended for drivers” Mr Olsen said.