Brisbane’s disgruntled council bus drivers will take industrial action against their employers by refusing to take fares today.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union – wants safer buses, a wage increase and a new roster. It says drivers will refuse to collect fares throughout today.
The drivers stopped work for two hours, last Tuesday and Wednesday morning, but more commuter problems are expected between 2pm and 6pm on Friday during their peak hour strike.
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RTBU Bus Division Secretary Tom Brown said school bus services would be exempt from the strike.
“I want to make something absolutely clear – we aren’t leaving school kids behind on Friday – we will get them to school and get them home despite (Brisbane City Council) walking away from their obligations,” he said.
“The real solution to this dispute is simple – get to the table and negotiate a fair deal.”
Premier Annastacia Palasazczuk urged the council to conclude the negotiations yesterday.
“This is predominantly a council issue, and I would hope that the council would sit down with the companies in question and resolve these issues, so as not to inconvenience schoolchildren and commuters,” she said.