Statement regarding planned industrial action
Added: 7 July 2018
Late Thursday, CDC Victoria notified Public Transport Victoria (PTV) of the Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) intention to take protected industrial action in the form of a work stoppage on Tuesday, 10 July.
This action, if it goes ahead, will impact bus services in Ballarat, Geelong and up to 49 metropolitan bus routes.
Train (metropolitan and regional), tram and other bus services not operated by CDC, will not be affected by this industrial action and will operate as normal.
CEO of PTV Jeroen Weimar urged both parties to find a way to avoid this or any future action, in the interest of passengers.
“This is a disappointing development, which has the potential to cause real inconvenience to many of our bus passengers, particularly as people travel during school and university holidays,” he said.
“I strongly encourage CDC Victoria and the TWU to continue negotiations, and exhaust all avenues to resolve this dispute, including making use of the Fair Work Commission as the independent industrial mediator.”
PTV is working with local stakeholder groups to provide information and alternative transport arrangements where possible.
Passengers in Ballarat, Geelong, and in Melbourne’s west, inner east and south-east are advised that during the industrial action on Tuesday, their regular bus service may be affected.
These affects could take place between the last bus on Monday, 9 July and the first bus Wednesday, 11 July.
“We are working with CDC Victoria to maximise the amount of services for passengers on Tuesday, but there could be a significant impact,” said Mr Weimar.
“We ask those who would normally travel on a CDC Victoria bus to consider their travel, allow extra time or make alternative arrangements,” he said.
A full list of the potentially affected routes is available on the PTV website.
Service frequency for affected routes is being developed and information will be added to the PTV website when confirmed.
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