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School services to run despite ongoing industrial action

15 Jul 2018

Parents and school students in Ballarat, Geelong and in the west and east of Melbourne can be assured that school bus services will operate as normal before and after school despite ongoing industrial action by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

The TWU has confirmed it will be proceeding with protected industrial action on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 in the form of a work stoppage by CDC Victoria bus drivers between the hours of 9am and 1pm.

While the latest industrial action is less than the previous week, CEO of Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Jeroen Weimar said the disruptions continue to have a real impact.

“It is important that this dispute does not flow on to impact school services,” he said.

“Any disruption to normal services is frustrating for our passengers, and I again urge the TWU and CDC Victoria to continue their negotiations in good faith.”

Buses on all CDC Victoria operated routes will be impacted between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. The 9am start will allow the morning school bus services to operate and ensure enough time for buses to return to normal after the work stoppage, not affecting school runs.

It is likely that during the industrial action very few buses will run, if at all, on bus routes in Ballarat, half of Geelong and parts of Melbourne’s west and east.

Train (both metropolitan and regional), tram and other bus services not operated by CDC Victoria, will not be affected by this industrial action and will operate as normal.

Mr Weimar said he was encouraged by the mediation that began between both parties at the Fair Work Commission last Friday, but negotiations must not stop there.

“Independent mediation is a good start, but it will only be a success if a deal between both parties is able to be reached,” he said.

“I apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience, and want to make sure they understand that this means most of the buses CDC Victoria operate will have to be cancelled on Tuesday morning because of the action.”

Passengers are advised to check the PTV website before travelling to see if their bus route is operating.

A full list of affected routes and further information is available at, Live travel updates.