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ACTION management get their goanna out

By johnboy 21 May 2010 23

In the wake of the soiled bus driver’s call to arms and a fare collection strike the ABC informs us of the ACTION management response:

Mr Roncon says drivers will be given letters today outlining the consequences of taking part in the industrial action.

“Drivers who participate by not collecting fares will risk losing up to 67 per cent of their wages for each shift that they take such industrial action,” he said.

Be interesting to see how they respond to that.

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BigDave 6:14 pm 24 May 10

The article in The Canberra Crimes is very far from the truth. $50,000 for an entry level trainee driver is nowhere correct and $75,000 is not common at all for any other driver, part or full time. As I’ve said elsewhere, if someone does achieve this wage it’s through a serious amount of hours put in and certainly deserves it.
I have a problem with people who wouldn’t look at a job twice but think it’s their right to say how much someone who would do it should be earning. It’s not that easy a job and not that many people these days are interested. From what I’ve heard, the latest recruitment drives have had pretty poor showings. They’d have no one if they were paying $12-$15 per hour, and rightly so.

Clown Killer 10:59 am 24 May 10

Apologies for crap formatting.

Clown Killer 10:59 am 24 May 10

No, Clown Killer just expects people to work for $12-$15 per hour in a job that he wouldn’t do himself for $30
I can very vaguely remember earning 30-bucks an hour in the early 90s – it wasn’t driving a bus though.
You’re absolutely right. I wouldn’t drive a bus for $30 an hour. But the comparison is meaningless. The pay you get in any job is a reflection on how hard it is to do, how hard it is to find people with the skills required (or to train them), and the costs of delivering the products associated with the job.

Now it seems that the real figures (inconveniently for the union made public in the Canberra Crimes) suggest that an entry level trainee with 18 days tuition behind the wheel can earn around $50,000 a year driving a bus in Canberra (around the same as an entry level doctor, registered nurse or fire-fighter according to The Crimes). Once you’ve got the wherewithal to drive the articulated buses your pay goes up again and it would appear that $75,000 a year isn’t too uncommon for ACTION bus drivers ‘worth a squirt of piss’.

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