The ABC has a piece on claims by the Transport Workers Union that ACTION is failing to deliver up to 250 promised services every week.
The TWU’s Klaus Pinkas says drivers are working long hours in an attempt to cover the shortfall needed to operate the current ACTION bus timetable.
Mr Pinkas says the main problem is recruitment and retention of staff, and ACTION management should be planning ahead for the next bus timetable introduction.
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“There’s a lack of foreplanning when they bring out a new network, Mr Pinkas said.
“They only work out how many drivers they need to run that network about four to five weeks out and then recruit like mad to try to cover the gap. And they haven’t been able to do that. And when there are enough drivers, a lot of the time they are sitting around waiting for a bus, because the workshop is so understaffed.”
ACTION denies the numbers but admits recruitment problems.