Drivers are resigning from new South Auckland bus operator Go Bus sighting unsafe conditions of work as the reason, says Bus Drivers First.
Go Bus Ltd begins operations in South Auckland today, having won the Auckland Transport tender to drive new routes in the city. Around five drivers have resigned before operations began sighting safety concerns at the company.
Traffic management, no toilet facilities, and no induction training are some of the concerns being raised.
‘It’s an accident waiting to happen,’ said one driver who does not wish to be named.
Wellington Council have been misled regarding the effect of the newly introduced tendering process for buses, says one of the trade unions representing bus drivers.
NZ Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff delivered a letter to the Greater Wellington Regional Council today on behalf of the two bus drivers unions, Bus Drivers First and the Tramways Union, explaining the dangers of the competitive tendering process for bus services in South Auckland.
Bus drivers could be the latest victims of poor government migration policy says Rudd Hughes, spokesperson for the Bus Drivers First section of FIRST Union.
It was reported last Friday that Go Bus, the latest winner in Auckland Transport’s ‘race to the bottom’ tendering process for bus services, had approached Immigration New Zealand about the prospect of bringing working people from the Pacific Islands into the country and offering them jobs.
“But there’s no shortage of bus drivers in Auckland,” said Hughes.
Commuters on Howick and Eastern Bus services might find their travel plans disrupted as FIRST Union members at the company take strike action after the company withdrew a last minute offer reached in mediated bargaining.
‘With the help of a mediator the two parties reached a tentative agreement that the drivers were ready to vote on. But just before the vote took place the company wrote to the union with a completely different and far less favourable offer,’ said Bus Drivers’ First spokesperson Rudd Hughes.
Karl Andersen, our Transport and Logistics Secretary, appeared on the Paul Henry Show to explain why bus drivers are striking across Auckland - and why much of the blame can be sheeted home to Auckland Transport.
The unions representing bus drivers have filed an urgent claim in the Employment Relations Authority as NZ Bus, a bus provider for Auckland Transport, refuses to meaningfully consult over proposed rosters which could lead to driver fatigue and increased risk for passengers says FIRST Union organiser Rudd Hughes.
“Auckland Transport is introducing new schedules on the 19th of July. NZ Bus claims that new rosters are needed to meet the new schedules, but the rosters NZ Bus are proposing will lead to driver fatigue and increased risks for passengers.”