Ongoing industrial action to impact school bus services
Added: 23 July 2018
Ongoing industrial action by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) will impact bus services operated by CDC Victoria this week, including school bus routes.
The TWU has notified CDC Victoria of ongoing protected industrial action in the form of work stoppages by its bus drivers at various stages during the week, resulting in the following impacts:
- CDC Victoria operated buses in Melbourne’s west - Tuesday, 24 July: 6 to 10am and Friday 27 July: 3 to 7pm
- All Ballarat buses - Tuesday, 24 July: 7 to 11am
- CDC Victoria operated buses in Melbourne’s east – Thursday 26 July: all day
- CDC Victoria operated buses in Melbourne’s south-west – Friday 27 July: all day
At this stage, CDC Victoria operated buses in Geelong will not be impacted by this week’s work stoppages and will operate as per the normal timetable.
The latest industrial action comes despite both parties agreeing to continue discussions with independent mediation commencing on Monday 23 July. This mediation will see both parties come together in the hope of bringing a swift end to the dispute
Deputy CEO of PTV Alan Fedda said the rolling stoppages would have a real impact on thousands of people who rely on these buses.
“These latest work stoppages are very disappointing, as they will disrupt students and parents who rely on school services and route buses to get them to and from school,” said Mr Fedda.
“Given both parties have agreed to further talks on Monday, I urge them to reach an agreement and prevent any further inconvenience for our passengers.”
During the work stoppages, it is expected that very few school bus services and regular bus routes will operate in the affected areas.
Parents, teachers and students are advised to check the PTV website to check if their service will be affected, and if so to make alternate arrangements for transport to school.
“I apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience and ask that they get the most up-to-date information as they plan their week ahead,” Mr Fedda said.
“There are teams working around the clock to maximise the number of CDC buses on the road this week.”
CDC Victoria operates 17 per cent of Victoria’s bus services.
For more information on service alterations, see Live travel updates.