Bus outage Thursday

johnboy 14 June 2011 3

Territory And Municipal Services are warning that the bus drivers (apparently unable to organise postal or online voting) are taking lunch off work Thursday (16 June) to vote on their latest pay deal.

“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has requested a meeting of their members to discuss and vote on ACTION’s certified agreement offer,” Mr Roncon said. “The meeting of up to 650 employees has been scheduled for 11 am to 1 pm Thursday 16 June 2011.

“As a result, bus services will not run between 10 am and 2 pm on Thursday. Buses will remain in operation for the morning peak period and be back on the road prior to the afternoon peak.

“Measures have been put in place to ensure the meeting does not affect school bus services and special needs transport services.

You’ve been warned.

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3 Responses to Bus outage Thursday
51modelBloke 51modelBloke 5:43 pm 15 Jun 11

been stopped, I believe

BallOfMonkey BallOfMonkey 1:38 pm 14 Jun 11

Just to be clear, this would appear to be a workplace meeting in paid time for members of the union to discuss whether or not, as a collective, they support the offer. It’s unlikely to be the formal ballot for approval of the Agreement.

This is quite normal, though usually conducted by holding a few meetings over several days to minimise disruptions.

p1 p1 12:38 pm 14 Jun 11

I understand the role collective bargaining and unions have played in Australia’s history, and continue to play assisting people work in conditions and for remuneration they feel they are worth.

That said, do all industries have to shut down for a couple of hours each time they need to hold a meeting? Even if JB’s suggested “high tech” methods are out for some reasons, what was stopping them have two separate meetings?

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