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Buses banjoed over Easter

By johnboy 20 April 2011 34

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Territory And Municipal Services is warning that the ongoing instransigence of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union in refusing to work overtime doing the onerous and very technical task of putting diesel into buses means there will be “significant disruptions” over the five day weekend.

“A Sunday timetable will run on Saturday 23 April and Monday 25 April and the free chartered bus services will still be run to the Anzac Day dawn services from each major bus station.

“However services will not run on Friday 22 April, Sunday 24 April and Tuesday 26 April. Chartered bus services to the Raiders match on Sunday 24 April will also now be provided by Deane’s.

While the AMWU is doing itself no favours in the court of public opinion with its savage attacks on the young and the elderly one does have to ask why core business requires overtime and is the genius who set that up still in Government pay?

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Gungahlin Al 10:15 am 26 Apr 11

mr sludge said :

Now, Gunhadin(sic) Al,you “fully” understand John Stanhopes frustrations with the behaviour of the relative unions,and exhort him to privatise Public Transport. Is this the best scenario for Gunghalinites? The new transport provider,be it light rail,deanes,interplanetary craft or cycling may oneday deem the 10.33 from belco to nicholls unviable,cancelling the service immediately.Where are you now?f**cked and wearing an aresehat.
The “intrasigent” workshop employees are only awaiting the same consideration as the other 9,000 odd other ACTGPS employees who were afforded a2.5% increase and $650sign on fee and no reduction in conditions.I can only assume you are in cahoots with Sonic or are you just naive enough to think we `ll leave you be?

OK, GA, you can go bed now bob( a juvenile insult)
@ grrAgh, You and your family are somehow more important than me and mine? I can`t afford taxis either on my wage but i could quit and find another job,however what if you cant find a woman to take over at those rates?no service,
bus drivers paid too much? gone.Mechanics wont work sundays?gone
and @graghh, why should the amwu have to crawl to you for your empathy, ARE YOU LITERATE,ENOUGH TO PICK UP A PHONE,CALL THE AMWU CALL TAMS,GET BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY,MAKE AN INTELLIGENT ASSUMPTION?
And on a lighter note, on the wedding of the prince who looks like a rabbit and the good “common as muck” sort i wish you the same as yer mum

And thereby underlining my point…
Sludge, you’d probably be one of those drivers who deliberately veer towards cyclists, and only know how to stomp on the brake and accelerator pedals, with no regard for passenger comfort. I’m sorry but if this is any indication, perhaps the ACT PS would be better off without?
Do you really think a private operator could just cancel a route? You hold onto that… Little thing called a contract?

It was ironic seeing the MC stand up at the Folk Festival in front of a big Unions ACT sponsorship sign to explain how the AMWU strike meant that the Festival had to hire a private coach so people could get to the city after the event that night. So Union sponsorship went to pay for the strike-breaking private firm? Delicious…

mr sludge 12:26 am 26 Apr 11

Hoho its monday night and off we go,tune the fiddle,strain the bow,(The Saw Doctors)
I had to reply,#4georgesgenitals and# 6 p1 scabs are the lowest form of life.Include yourselves .
Now, Gunhadin(sic) Al,you “fully” understand John Stanhopes frustrations with the behaviour of the relative unions,and exhort him to privatise Public Transport. Is this the best scenario for Gunghalinites? The new transport provider,be it light rail,deanes,interplanetary craft or cycling may oneday deem the 10.33 from belco to nicholls unviable,cancelling the service immediately.Where are you now?f**cked and wearing an aresehat.
The “intrasigent” workshop employees are only awaiting the same consideration as the other 9,000 odd other ACTGPS employees who were afforded a2.5% increase and $650sign on fee and no reduction in conditions.I can only assume you are in cahoots with Sonic or are you just naive enough to think we `ll leave you be?

OK, GA, you can go bed now bob( a juvenile insult)
@ grrAgh, You and your family are somehow more important than me and mine? I can`t afford taxis either on my wage but i could quit and find another job,however what if you cant find a woman to take over at those rates?no service,
bus drivers paid too much? gone.Mechanics wont work sundays?gone
and @graghh, why should the amwu have to crawl to you for your empathy, ARE YOU LITERATE,ENOUGH TO PICK UP A PHONE,CALL THE AMWU CALL TAMS,GET BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY,MAKE AN INTELLIGENT ASSUMPTION?
And on a lighter note, on the wedding of the prince who looks like a rabbit and the good “common as muck” sort i wish you the same as yer mum

ML-585 9:11 pm 24 Apr 11

Pandy said :

If we had trams, this would never have ben a problem.

Yeah, ‘cos trams don’t need mechanics.

Pandy 7:18 am 24 Apr 11

If we had trams, this would never have ben a problem.

ML-585 7:18 pm 23 Apr 11

TP 3000 said :

If these scabs are found to refuel the buses, how do we know the TWU drivers refuse to drive on the weekend?

Not quite sure what you mean by this.

As has been mentioned, the fuellers agreed to work over the weekend, but ACTION Management chose to cancel services anyway because of no mechanics. It is only the AMWU which is imposing overtime bans, not TWU.

PantsMan 8:15 pm 22 Apr 11

Bussie said :

KaptnKaos said :

I know you lot love to cut and paste your pre-written “bus drivers are lazy overpaid whingers who rape grandmas and eat babies” comments but try and think just a little before you type.

Who would think someone else has ‘pre-written … rape grandmas and eat babies’ comments.

Kinda freaking now…

Bussie 3:16 pm 21 Apr 11

KaptnKaos said :

If you bus drivers don’t want to work weekends or public holidays, go get another job. I doubt you’ll find one though, especially where you are way overpaid for what you do.

KaptnReadingComprehension it’s the mechanics who have put on an overtime ban.

I know you lot love to cut and paste your pre-written “bus drivers are lazy overpaid whingers who rape grandmas and eat babies” comments but try and think just a little before you type.

Gungahlin Al 12:54 pm 21 Apr 11

…Wonders to self if the time is fast approach that the Government understandably walks away from ACTION and puts the whole thing out to tender…

Mr Sludge: way to reinforce that thought mate.

Gungahlin Al 12:51 pm 21 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

So how, pray tell, did you leap to the erroneous assumption that I do not rely on busses?

Because there is no such thing? Unless you actually meant buses… :-p

KaptnKaos said :

Good to see CSRI is not affected by bus services, hope YOU have a great weekend. What if this was medical professionals who were looking after you or your family and all you got from them was “I don’t do weekend, sorry have to ewait until during the week for you life saving surgery”.

So how, pray tell, did you leap to the erroneous assumption that I do not rely on busses?

altkey 12:39 pm 21 Apr 11

Brandi said :

Fewer deadly buses to terrorise the happy cyclists this weekend.

It’s like the future, now! 🙂

And fewer buses careening down my street at full pelt, terrorising not only happy cyclists but pedestrians and innocent bystanders as well.

KaptnKaos 10:47 am 21 Apr 11

KaptnKaos said :

If you bus drivers don’t want to work weekends or public holidays, go get another job. I doubt you’ll find one though, especially where you are way overpaid for what you do.

My apologies, I left out the workshop staff who started all this crap because they want weekends off too, laughable quote from their union rep: “most private business workshop staff don’t work all weekend or on public holidays so why should action staff”.

Good to see CSRI is not affected by bus services, hope YOU have a great weekend. What if this was medical professionals who were looking after you or your family and all you got from them was “I don’t do weekend, sorry have to ewait until during the week for you life saving surgery”.

GrrArgh 10:07 am 21 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

KaptnKaos said :

If you bus drivers don’t want to work weekends or public holidays, go get another job. I doubt you’ll find one though, especially where you are way overpaid for what you do.

It is not about whether they want to work on the weekend or on public holidays, they are taking legal protected industrial action in the course of bargaining.

That’s all fine and everything, but they should not expect the general public to empathise with them when the action they’re taking is causing considerable difficulties for people who rely on the bus services. They cannot realistically expect a sympathetic general public when the perception is that it’s okay to let the average bus traveller suffer for the sins of ACTION management.

From what I’ve seen to date, the AMWU has made no attempt to connect with the public that this industrial action affects and actually listen to how the industrial action is impacting them. If they wish to garner sympathy for their cause and ultimately turn the public’s wrath on ACTION, they need to communicate and listen to them, which they have yet to do.

KaptnKaos said :

If you bus drivers don’t want to work weekends or public holidays, go get another job. I doubt you’ll find one though, especially where you are way overpaid for what you do.

It is not about whether they want to work on the weekend or on public holidays, they are taking legal protected industrial action in the course of bargaining.

As for the ‘if you don’t like it get another job’ crap, do you really think that workers should have to accept their employment terms and conditions in perpetuity and never seek to improve them?

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