ARC chairman Mike Lee has delivered a blunt ultimatum to NZ Bus as its lockout of drivers reaches day five.
“We have had enough. Auckland will not be held to ransom. If you can’t deliver the services that the people of Auckland rely on, then we will have to find someone else who can…
“NZ Bus operates public transport services under contract to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA). NZ Bus is currently in breach of those contracts – it is not delivering the services. Like any commercial contract, NZ Bus contracts can be terminated for non-performance.
‘If this dispute is not settled, I will be calling on ARTA to start the process of terminating the existing contracts and finding someone else who will deliver the services that Auckland expects and pays for.
“Terminating NZ Bus contracts would be a drastic step. However, it is clear that the company is not responding to other normal commercial pressure, nor in my view does it take seriously its service obligations to the public.
Great stuff. NZ Bus has treated its workers and the wider public with absolute contempt. Astonishingly, it’s even refused a generous offer by the drivers to work for free so that school buses are able to operate despite the lockout.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that NZ Bus doesn’t give a stuff what the public thinks. All they care about is the bottom line and squeezing as much out of their overworked and underpaid drivers as they can – not to mention leeching off the public purse. Good on Mike Lee for dealing with them in the only language they understand.