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Easter Services!

By johnboy - 26 March 2013 49

Territory and Municipal Services are letting you all know what they’re doing when over the great Easter disruption.

Here’s the skinny:

    — The malingering thugs known as Bus drivers will be working a leisurely Sunday schedule for all four days of Easter so bad luck if you don’t have a car and wanted to see family.

    — Canberra Connect is taking Good Friday and the Holiday Monday off.

    — The Domestic Animal Services shelter is closed for the whole break. Instead call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 except for when that’s shut.

    — Libraries will be open on the Sunday but shut the rest of the time.

    — Friday garbage collections will happen on the Saturday.

    — Yarralumla Nursery will be closed Good Friday and the Wholesale Warehouse is taking the whole weekend off.

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Easter Services!
Alderney 2:53 pm 26 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

My favourite are the drivers who take offence at having to count out change, and act like accepting a $5 note is an onerous favour. I’ve ceased looking sheepish and apologetic whenever I need to use a 5 or a 10 on the bus, it doesn’t seem to mitigate the rage it causes the drivers.

I think that as a government service they have to accept whatever legal tender is provided, but if someone knows better I’d greatly appreciate any clarification.

I know that in Sydney they have made some buses pre-paid only and at certain bus stops during the peak periods every bus caught from those stops are pre-paid only too.

Alderney 2:51 pm 26 Mar 13

I think the people who perform certain employment roles just have to accept that they have to work outside the 9 – 5, Monday – Friday ‘norm’.

You can’t, for example, decide to drive buses and then whinge that you need to get to work before everyone and leave later than everyone, or because you work split-shifts. If you worked 9 – 5 how are the 9 – 5 workers going to get to work?

Same with nurses, doctors, retail staff, hospitality workers etc.

He’s a tip, if your place of work is open outside of ‘normal office hours’, you’ll most likely be asked to work ‘outside normal office hours’.

If you don’t like the hours you work you are always welcome to go and get a job somewhere the hours are more to your pleasing.

It’s not about, ‘are they not entitled to spend time with their families too’. Bloody hell, get over yourselves. Sometimes you just have to accept that you work ‘outside the norm’. Many I know who do work ‘outside the norm’ do it just for that reason, or because they like what they do so much that they are prepared to put up with the occasional downside like weekend or public holiday work.

Imagine a chef refusing to work nights or weekends. He wouldn’t last long in the game.

DrKoresh 2:50 pm 26 Mar 13

My favourite are the drivers who take offence at having to count out change, and act like accepting a $5 note is an onerous favour. I’ve ceased looking sheepish and apologetic whenever I need to use a 5 or a 10 on the bus, it doesn’t seem to mitigate the rage it causes the drivers.

I think that as a government service they have to accept whatever legal tender is provided, but if someone knows better I’d greatly appreciate any clarification.

Madam Cholet 2:20 pm 26 Mar 13

RadioVK said :

MrMagoo said :

And that’s of course if they can find drivers who want to work. Afterall working on the weekend is apparently up to the drivers. There’s no roster as such, the goodwil (excuse me) of the drivers wanting to work weekends then determines if there are buses. Surely as these people of the employ of the Government, then they are subject to some sort of rostering on the weekends as well. Its small wonder the bus service is what it is when the drivers have so much say in weekend services.

Bus drivers can behave like a bunch of spoiled children sometimes.

I knew of one particular bus driver who refused to drive any bus save one in particular that he considered to be “his” bus. I was working at the depot at the time when “his” bus was taken off the road for essential maintenance. When he found out that he had been assigned another bus, he outright refused to drive it, and when he was told that there was no possibility of him getting “his” bus for the shift, he packed up his kit and went home. The result was that the service was cancelled and, no doubt passengers were left sitting at bus stops. To my knowledge he never faced any diciplinary consequences for basically refusing to do his job.

Then there was the fact that at one stage several of the terminus amenities blocks had to be left permanently locked, as they were being constantly vandalised. By the drivers.

Then there was the TV that was bodily pulled off the wall in Belconnen depot. Or the driver that used to cut the buttons off the front of the 2 way radio in the bus so he didn’t have to answer messages.

I’m sure most of the bus drivers are really nice blokes, but there is (or at least used to be) a small group of senior drivers who saw ACTION as owing them something. Basically, it was the drivers who were the ones running ACTION.

Or the driver who insisted on driving in cycle lanes…oh wait, that’s my bus driver everyday right now.

p1 2:05 pm 26 Mar 13

I bet all the doctors, nurses, firies, cops, etc wish they could go to “Sunday timetable” for the whole weekend.

RadioVK 1:54 pm 26 Mar 13

Just to clarify, these incidents are from quite a few years ago. The culture at ACTION may have changed substantially since. Maybe…

RadioVK 1:52 pm 26 Mar 13

MrMagoo said :

And that’s of course if they can find drivers who want to work. Afterall working on the weekend is apparently up to the drivers. There’s no roster as such, the goodwil (excuse me) of the drivers wanting to work weekends then determines if there are buses. Surely as these people of the employ of the Government, then they are subject to some sort of rostering on the weekends as well. Its small wonder the bus service is what it is when the drivers have so much say in weekend services.

Bus drivers can behave like a bunch of spoiled children sometimes.

I knew of one particular bus driver who refused to drive any bus save one in particular that he considered to be “his” bus. I was working at the depot at the time when “his” bus was taken off the road for essential maintenance. When he found out that he had been assigned another bus, he outright refused to drive it, and when he was told that there was no possibility of him getting “his” bus for the shift, he packed up his kit and went home. The result was that the service was cancelled and, no doubt passengers were left sitting at bus stops. To my knowledge he never faced any diciplinary consequences for basically refusing to do his job.

Then there was the fact that at one stage several of the terminus amenities blocks had to be left permanently locked, as they were being constantly vandalised. By the drivers.

Then there was the TV that was bodily pulled off the wall in Belconnen depot. Or the driver that used to cut the buttons off the front of the 2 way radio in the bus so he didn’t have to answer messages.

I’m sure most of the bus drivers are really nice blokes, but there is (or at least used to be) a small group of senior drivers who saw ACTION as owing them something. Basically, it was the drivers who were the ones running ACTION.

KB1971 1:52 pm 26 Mar 13

Bus….

KB1971 1:51 pm 26 Mar 13

Bust drivers need Easter too you know!

Madam Cholet 1:43 pm 26 Mar 13

I think it is perfectly relevant to question the fact that public transport has not changed with the times and still continues to operate on a Sunday timetable. More people than ever work on public holidays (obviously excepting those where businesses are not allowed to open – from memory Easter Sunday and part of Anzac Day?).

Surely the Sunday timetable is dated and needs to reflect maybe a slightly modified service that helps people still get to work at an appropriate time.

As for malingering thugs…maybe a bit harsh. But still gave me a giggle.

SupaSal 1:37 pm 26 Mar 13

So bus drivers are now not able to spend time with family and friends on these days?? My brother is a bus driver with a young Family, he works weekends for overtime, driving over 80 hours some weeks.

We are having family lunch Saturday (as our 92 year old Grandmother will be here) and he will not be there as he will be driving a bus with whiny people who complain that he is 2 mins late/early.

Hope you all enjoy your family this Easter (i’ll also point out that my husband is in Defence and works weekends/holidays/Christmas/Easter and I a nurse who is on call in these periods)

Stevian 1:31 pm 26 Mar 13

Ben_Dover said :

– The malingering thugs known as Bus drivers will be working a leisurely Sunday schedule for all four days of Easter so bad luck if you don’t have a car and wanted to see family.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

+1

Ben_Dover 1:07 pm 26 Mar 13

– The malingering thugs known as Bus drivers will be working a leisurely Sunday schedule for all four days of Easter so bad luck if you don’t have a car and wanted to see family.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

ML-585 12:22 pm 26 Mar 13

Let me get this straight, Friday, Saturday and Monday are all public holidays, so ACTION operates to their public holiday timetable on Friday, Saturday and Monday and this is proof that bus drivers are “malingering thugs”. Can’t see the connection myself.

(To avoid the inevitable question, Easter Saturday IS a public holiday. http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/communication/holidays )

MrMagoo 10:48 am 26 Mar 13

And that’s of course if they can find drivers who want to work. Afterall working on the weekend is apparently up to the drivers. There’s no roster as such, the goodwil (excuse me) of the drivers wanting to work weekends then determines if there are buses. Surely as these people of the employ of the Government, then they are subject to some sort of rostering on the weekends as well. Its small wonder the bus service is what it is when the drivers have so much say in weekend services.

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