Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has advised Transit Australia Group
(TAG) parent company to Sunbus, that its members will strike on Friday
29 July Sunshine Coast.
TAG’s General Manager, Ms Megan Harkin said TAG has been notified that the TWU intend to stop work from 4am Friday and that they have placed a ban on drivers working overtime for the entire day on Friday.
Sunbus Sunshine Coast is a 24 hour operation Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Without drivers being prepared to work overtime, Sunbus cannot guarantee service delivery.
“ I have this morning asked the TWU to lift the ban on over time to allow us to operate and they were not willing. We are now preparing to put our case to Fair Work Australia in a further attempt to avert Friday’s action. Our case should be heard either Wednesday or Thursday and we will communicate the outcome to the public immediately.”
“I urge passengers to monitor the media, www.sunbus.com.au and www.translink.com.au for updates before planning their Friday journey.
“ We are not prepared to jeopardise the safety of our passengers by offering a service level we cannot guarantee, and as a result, we have no option but to stop all services for the full 24 hours.
Ms Harkin said pay negotiations between TAG and the TWU had failed to reach an agreement to date.
“TAG has presented its best possible offer, and unfortunately it has not been accepted by Union members. We simply have no more to give, “ Ms Harkin said.
While Sunbus do not hold the school transport service contract, students who do use Sunbus to get to and from school must make alternative arrangements in the event the strike proceeds.
Passengers of Buslink (dedicated school services); Hinterland Connect, Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah, Council Cabs and FlexiLink services will not be affected.
Sunbus passengers can also call Tranlink on 13 12 30 for information about the stoppage closer to Friday.
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