Greater Wellington regional Council has tendered their bus service without protecting drivers’ terms and conditions. That’s going to cost drivers and average of $200 per week. Danny Scotford sent out this email asking people in Wellington to protest at the council’s next meeting.
I drive a bus in Wellington, and like hundreds of my workmates I’m facing a pay cut because the Greater Wellington Regional Council decided to change bus providers, but not protect our terms and conditions.
When the Council began the process to change their bus providers they refused to talk to our union about it.
They kept the meetings where they discussed it secret.
They refused even to release the terms of their tender until the CTU made an official information request and they were forced to.
When we asked them to facilitate a meeting with our representatives, the current bus company and the new bus company, the council Chair Chris Laidlaw said “sure thing”. Then he turned around and said they’d have that meeting – without us. Without our elected representatives.
The regional council is running for cover on this. But on Wednesday morning they’re meeting in public and we are going to be there to remind them who helped elect them, and who they answer to. Will you join us?
Drivers and their families shouldn’t pay the price for the council’s cost-cutting. The people of Wellington shouldn’t have the quality of their public transport put at risk. We all deserve a accountability from the people who hold public office. Take a stand – join us on Wednesday.
Bus driver and union member