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Māori workers call for end to exploitation at iwi-owned bus company

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The boards of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui must put the brakes on the exploitation of workers at iwi-owned Go Bus, says FIRST Union president Syd Keepa.

“Go Bus is out of control. They’ve been exposed for illegally housing migrant workers in Dunedin and they’ve come under fire after a number of drivers resigned from the job in Auckland,” said Keepa.

Controversy at new South Auckland bus operator

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

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.

Unions deliver the truth to Wellington Council over bus contracts

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

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.

Poor migration laws and flawed tendering process a toxic mix for bus drivers - union

Date of Release: 
Monday, August 22, 2016

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.

Long running Auckland bus dispute settled

Date of Release: 
Friday, June 3, 2016

After months of deadlock, an 11th hour agreement has been reached between the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses and the company.

Bus Drivers First organiser Rudd Hughes credits the assistance of the mediation service for the settlement. 

“We managed to avert strike action and reach agreement thanks to a mediator thinking ‘outside the box’ to bring the company back to the table.”

The break through comes after a favourable variation was made to the company’s offer.

Strikes return at Auckland bus company

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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 on the Auckland bus drivers' strike

Date of Release: 
19/02/2016

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. 

 

Proposed bus rosters put passengers at risk – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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.”

Call for cameras on night busses

Date of Release: 
13/08/2013

Auckland bus drivers union FIRST Union transport and logistics secretary Karl Andersen said some Auckland bus companies had up to 7 cameras in a bus, while some did not use any.

NZ Bus Collective Agreeement

Date of Release: 
14/11/2012
95bFM's Georgia Moselen-Sloog speaks to Karl Andersen from First Union about the bus dispute.

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