Transport Workers Union (Vic/Tas Branch) continues it’s protest against CDC Victoria today by having members refuse to collect fares and not wearing a CDC uniform, along with staggered stoppages starting from 6.00am, today.
The union formally notified CDC Victoria that industrial action will continue this week in the form of work stoppages across the CDC bus network, commencing 24 July at the CDC Sunshine depot between 6.00am and 10.00am and Ballarat depot between 7.00am and 11.00am.
Stoppages will also occur at other depots on a staggered basis during the week with a 24-hour work stoppage at the CDC Oakleigh depot on Thursday, 26 July, 2018.
This will be followed by a 24-hour work stoppage at the CDC Wyndham depot on Friday, 27 July, 2018 and a four-hour work stoppage at the CDC Sunshine depot between 3.00pm to 7.00pm, also on Friday, 27 July, 2018.
“It is disappointing that the TWU have chosen to escalate their action, which will continue to impact the communities we proudly serve. Unfortunately, this time school students in Ballarat and Melbourne’s east and west will be affected,” said CEO of CDC Victoria, Nicholas Yap.
CDC encourages parents to contact the relevant CDC depots directly for an update, as the priority will be to ensure all school bus services are operated.
“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) have chosen industrial action designed to impact the public and more importantly over 6,000 school children that depend on our network,” said Yap.
“While we respect the right of our employees to conduct protected industrial action, we are surprised and disappointed with their decision. We continue to be open to constructive discussions with the TWU to find an acceptable solution to this dispute.
“We apologise to all our passengers for the disruption to their routines and we continue to appeal to the TWU and our drivers to do the right thing by the community.”
Affected Bus Routes
Sunshine depot (between 6am to 10am):
406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 418, 419, 421, 423, 424, 425, 461
Ballarat depot (between 7am to 11am):
10, 11,12,13,14,15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
The TWU says the stoppages are part of an ongoing pay dispute to #sharethefare with the Singapore-based multinational and follow two four-hour and one 24-hour work stoppages since 10 July.
“There is no doubt CDC members are holding the line and getting stronger and more determined and unified … and a long way from forgetting CDC’s insulting and sub-standard wage offer,” it states.
“This is one reason we continue to welcome new members from CDC. They want to dig in with their colleagues to make sure the rich multinational gets the message that Australian workers will not be ripped-off.”
TWU (VIC/TAS Branch) Secretary John Berger said CDC drivers had decided to take the direct action of refusing to sell tickets or activate Myki readers from a suite of options available to them.
A protected work stoppage scheduled for last Friday was called off.
“We have stopped the buses three times now and have the option to do that again next [this] week, so that is certainly not off the table. We will simply continue to campaign – and consider using any and all tools available to us – until a fair agreement acceptable to our members is reached,” Berger said.
“The TWU and its members are available anytime to continue negotiations and if CDC wants to table a sensible offer then we may start to see the end of this dispute.”