TWU PUSHING FOR INDUSTRY BUS DRIVER RATE

The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for an industry rate for bus drivers in order to solve large pay discrepancies between Translink operators.


The Queensland Branch of the Transport Workers’ Union is today calling on Translink to agree to an industry rate on all Translink-controlled bus routes, launching the EQUAL RATES FOR OUR MATES campaign.

Transport workers will be rallying on Sunday to call on TransLink to commit to an equal industry rate for bus drivers.

Highlighting massive regional pay discrepancies, Queensland TWU Branch Secretary Peter Biagini has today said that it isn’t fair that drivers who are working for the same company, contracted by the same organisation, are paid less than drivers in a different area.

“We have members in Far North Queensland who are earning significantly less than other bus drivers from the South East Corner for example” said Biagini.

“It’s ridiculous that they’re all doing the same work, all contracted by Translink, and yet have vast pay discrepancies

“Bus drivers are regularly abused, attacked, and assaulted on the job, all while carrying our friends and family

“An industry rate will go a long way towards maintaining equality for employees on the public transport network”

Bus drivers from all over Queensland will be participating in the EQUAL RATES FOR OUR MATES campaign.

ENDS

Media Contact: Tom Millroy 0411875910

Media Opportunities: Equal Rates For Our Mates Rally – Sunday 12th February from 11am at Emma Miller Place, Brisbane.

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