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Deanes to break ACTION drivers blocade of the Raiders and the Black Opal

By johnboy - 11 March 2011 18

Territory And Municipal Services have announced that Deane’s Buslines are going to do the work ACTION won’t:

Following the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s (AMWU) notification earlier this week that their members would not be undertaking overtime work in ACTION depots, a decision has been made to engage Deane’s Buslines to provide chartered services to the Canberra Raiders match and the Black Opal Stakes on Sunday.

“While the AMWU was told in Fair Work Australia on Wednesday that their members could not take unprotected industrial action, ACTION has limited staff working this weekend,” said Director, ACTION, James Roncon.

“Many of the staff that would normally have worked withdrew their labour on Tuesday and Wednesday this week meaning there will likely be a shortage of mechanics to perform routine bus maintenance over the weekend in readiness for the Tuesday morning peak school and work bus commuters.

“In order to protect our core responsibility of delivering week day and also weekend route services, Deane’s Buslines will now be providing services to and from the Canberra Raiders match and services from the Black Opal Stakes on Sunday.

“Deane’s has provided similar services in the past and always done a good job.

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18 Responses to
Deanes to break ACTION drivers blocade of the Raiders and the Black Opal
Ian 6:11 pm 14 Mar 11

Bussie said :

ACTION mechanics johnboy but don’t let your hatred of us baby-eating, grandma-raping bus drivers get in the way of the facts.

Awww, I always thought it was the other way around.

mr sludge 5:25 pm 14 Mar 11

51modelBloke said :

Mr Sludge: I think you`ll find most ACTION drivers are TWU members, not AMWU members

Actually it is AMWU whom is having the dispute. It’s industrial action being conducted by workshop staff. Not drivers on this occasion.

Thats what i said,drivers not involved therfore no drivers blocade.

Bussie said :

ACTION mechanics johnboy but don’t let your hatred of us baby-eating, grandma-raping bus drivers get in the way of the facts.

exactly

51modelBloke 4:08 pm 14 Mar 11

Mr Sludge: I think you`ll find most ACTION drivers are TWU members, not AMWU members

Actually it is AMWU whom is having the dispute. It’s industrial action being conducted by workshop staff. Not drivers on this occasion.

Bussie 3:18 pm 14 Mar 11

ACTION mechanics johnboy but don’t let your hatred of us baby-eating, grandma-raping bus drivers get in the way of the facts.

PantsMan 6:34 pm 13 Mar 11

Diggety said :

georgesgenitals said :

If a service provider (albeit a government one) can’t or won’t do a job, source an alternate. Where’s the problem?

+1

But that would not require the wasting of copious amounts of our money? This certainly is a radical policy departure from the London Circuit Soviet.

Diggety 12:38 pm 13 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

If a service provider (albeit a government one) can’t or won’t do a job, source an alternate. Where’s the problem?

+1

merlin bodega 9:25 am 13 Mar 11

The Chief can’t get the military to break strikes like Hawke did so he goes to the next best available thing – Deans! All military buses are likely to be unserviceable or someone found at when the vehicles arrived that they were in fact 90 year old frames and the horses used to pull them are no longer available.

georgesgenitals 1:59 am 13 Mar 11

RedDogInCan said :

georgesgenitals said :

If a service provider (albeit a government one) can’t or won’t do a job, source an alternate. Where’s the problem?

I believe that is what most car drivers are doing.

Hell yeah.

RedDogInCan 10:29 pm 12 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

If a service provider (albeit a government one) can’t or won’t do a job, source an alternate. Where’s the problem?

I believe that is what most car drivers are doing.

georgesgenitals 4:36 pm 12 Mar 11

If a service provider (albeit a government one) can’t or won’t do a job, source an alternate. Where’s the problem?

paperboy 11:03 am 12 Mar 11

pete09 said :

But you’d all start whinging about the ridiculously high prices they charge in comparison to Action. Compared to Deane’s service in Queanbeyan, Action is one of the best bus networks in the world..[/quote>

I doubt it. ACT budget papers
http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget_2009/files/paper4/06action.pdf show the current Government subsidy for ACTION is $73m/year, increasing to $75m in two years. That’s close enough to $1.4m/week. Change ACT Government to ACT taxpayer, and that means every one of us, man woman and child is paying $225/year for the bus service. That’s on top of the $24m being paid by actual passengers. I’m sure Deans could do a pretty good service for $100m/year

pete09 10:02 am 12 Mar 11

buzz819 said :

I dunno, why doesn’t Deans just do all of Canberra, they don’t seem to whinge as much…

But you’d all start whinging about the ridiculously high prices they charge in comparison to Action. Compared to Deane’s service in Queanbeyan, Action is one of the best bus networks in the world..

creative_canberran 11:30 pm 11 Mar 11

If this isn’t an advertisement for free market capitalism, I don’t know what is.

mr sludge 10:08 pm 11 Mar 11

ACTION drivers blocading Raiders and the Black Opal? Did you get that idea from the ACTION announcement johnboy?Can`t read between the lines that well myself.I think you`ll find most ACTION drivers are TWU members, not AMWU members.

buzz819 5:23 pm 11 Mar 11

I dunno, why doesn’t Deans just do all of Canberra, they don’t seem to whinge as much…

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