About 70 routes in Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne’s eastern and western suburbs won’t run between 9am to 1pm on Tuesday due to industrial action as hundreds of bus drivers walk off the job for a third day.
The timing of the industrial action means that school services won’t be affected, saving parents from having to drive their children to school.
The workers employed by CDC Victoria, want a four per cent wage and one per cent superannuation increase as part of a new enterprise bargaining agreement being negotiated.
Transport Workers Union national vice-president John Berger said it was the first time in 20 years drivers had taken industrial action.
CDC Victoria chief executive Nicholas Yap said “While we are disappointed that the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have chosen to further disrupt the community that CDC serves, we are glad that the intended stoppage will not affect school children”
“We understand that our drivers had a significant say in this and thank them for prioritising the needs of the community,”.
Public Transport Victoria chief executive Jeroen Weimar said it was important the services would not impact school services and urged the union and company to negotiate “in good faith”.
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