Industrial action to disrupt bus services
Added: 11 August 2018
Transport Workers Union (TWU) drivers employed by CDC Victoria and Transdev Melbourne will take protected industrial action on Thursday 16 August, disrupting regular bus services throughout Victoria.
The TWU advised CDC Victoria of the 24 hour work stoppages despite further independent mediation over the last two weeks, including yesterday (Friday).
PTV CEO Jeroen Weimar said negotiations had been moving towards a positive resolution and reinforced there was no need for industrial action.
“Despite good progress during recent negotiations, it’s very frustrating that TWU have decided to call action again. This could be avoided and will create huge disruption for many of our passengers,” said Mr Weimar.
Following a separate Enterprise Agreement ballot, the TWU has also announced 24-hour protected industrial action involving Transdev Melbourne drivers on Thursday 16 August.
Transdev operates 30 per cent of Melbourne’s bus network and CDC Victoria runs around 17 per cent of Victoria’s bus services. Both operators also run school bus services.
As a result of the combined action, very few or potentially no buses will run on bus routes covering large parts of Melbourne, including Doncaster Area Rapid Transit and SmartBus services. Regional services in Ballarat and half of Geelong will also be impacted.
Train (metropolitan and regional), tram and other bus services, will not be affected by this industrial action and will operate as normal.
Mr Weimar called on all parties to find a way to avoid this action, in the interest of passengers.
“This is a disappointing development and I apologise in advance to our passengers for the inconvenience they may face,” Mr Weimar said.
“We’re calling on the TWU to suspend the action and return to the negotiating table.”
A full list of the potentially affected routes is available on the PTV website ptv.vic.gov.au
Service frequency for affected routes is currently being developed and information will be added to the PTV website as it is confirmed. PTV encourages passengers to continue to monitor the PTV website for updates, including on their planned day of travel.