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No buses on Sunday and bugger all on Saturday

By johnboy 7 April 2011 44

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Territory And Municipal Services are warning that weekend services won’t be all they should be with mechanics downing tools:

Due to industrial action by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), there will be disruptions to this weekend’s bus services, James Roncon, Director, ACTION, announced today.

“The AMWU has placed a ban on overtime work which means that buses cannot be maintained or refuelled this weekend which cripples the bus service,” Mr Roncon said. “In order to minimise any disruption to Monday services a decision has had to be made to run a Sunday timetable on Saturday and cancel Sunday services.

“There may also be reductions in the number of wheelchair-accessible buses which run on Saturday due to difficulties in re-fuelling them.

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Bussie 9:32 pm 14 Apr 11

buzz819 said :

KB1971 said :

shadow boxer said :

@kb1971 are you serious, it’s unskilled labour that literally anyone can do, you probably shouldn’t do it if you have anger management issues but these guys are vastly overpaid.

Get in the bus and follow the sheet of left and rights you get handed.

I know a qualified spray painter who went driving act buses because it’s the worlds cushiest job.

30-40k a year max

I am definately serious. The skill level might be minimal to you (& some of the other posters here) & the level required to do the job daily moreso but just remember that same bus driver you a looking down your nose at can have up to 100 people lives (on the long buses) in his hands at any one time.

He is also responsible for $6-700,000 worth of publically owned equipment.

How do you think it would go if it all turned to s***? With the amount of buses running around this city they must be doing something right 😉

What are you talking about? Mums have been doing it for years, they can have up to 6 kid’s in one car, just means people who do family day care, by your rationality, should be getting close $70,000 a year.

How would it turn to sh!t? I mean any more then what it is now. I think the city will get by a lot better with out buses, then other lower paid professions ie. Teachers, Police, Firies, Nurses, Correction’s (well maybe not Correction’s) and Defence personnel. They all do a lot more for the community then bus drivers.

There is a day set down to do maintenance, yet no one is rostered on for it? Sounds like the worst decision ever to me.

Bus drivers get more weekly pay to cover weekend loading, yet they don’t work weekends, what a wank. Bus drivers think they have a hard job, well at the end of the day, if you were to crash a bus on the suburban streets of Canberra, the worst that would happen is a squashed car, maybe one or two people in that car would be injured, no worse than a doctor or nurse misdiagnosing someone, or a firie no putting out a house fire fast enough.

I have been to a number of bus crashes, full of kids, where people have been seriously hurt, yet not one person on the bus was hurt, so don’t pull that tripe out here. People on the buses are safe.

You think you get paid more for that, I doubt it, because the law would keep you pretty well in line, whether you are getting paid $30k or $200k.

You were the ones that wanted to be bus drivers, you were the ones that applied for the job, I’m sure at the time you knew there was no prospect for promotion. So just deal with it.

When Action fails and it will, and not one of the bus drivers are kept on staff and there are an extra, what 100 people with out a job because of it, all you bus drivers can thank yourselves for driving the company into the ground with your stupid grabs at money and strikes.

ps. Just having a look at Job sites around Australia, bus drivers, on average are earning $48,000 – $56,000 pa. That includes places like Sydney, where public transport, well works. Have a think how lucky you guys are and try and work around the idea’s that you are worth one millions dollars, because quite frankly you’re not.

So by the figure that you lot always quote ($59k/yr) we aren’t that overpaid if at all if the typical Australian bus driver is on $48-56K especially given that wages in Canberra are generally higher and the cost of living is second only to Sydney IIRC.

KB1971 3:52 pm 11 Apr 11

shadow boxer said :

What is your bus doing on the wrong side of the road ?

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Blown tyre, broken steering, aqua plane, swerving to miss an obstacle….need I go on?

Agree that the wages are higher due to the old days prior to self government. Mind you, if I were on a good thing I would try to hold onto it.

shadow boxer 2:53 pm 11 Apr 11

What is your bus doing on the wrong side of the road ?

Again it’s not that hard, perhaps I should have included keep left but I thought it was a given..

Those salaries are just a hangover from the bad old days when the only way to get a job on the buses was through your dad or a mate and turned up when you felt like it.

Where’s Chris Corrigan when you need him. A clandistine rebel army of ninja bus drivers moving in over the weekend should sort it out.

KB1971 1:28 pm 11 Apr 11

buzz819 said :

I have been to a number of bus crashes, full of kids, where people have been seriously hurt, yet not one person on the bus was hurt, so don’t pull that tripe out here. People on the buses are safe.

You think you get paid more for that, I doubt it, because the law would keep you pretty well in line, whether you are getting paid $30k or $200k.

You were the ones that wanted to be bus drivers, you were the ones that applied for the job, I’m sure at the time you knew there was no prospect for promotion. So just deal with it.

When Action fails and it will, and not one of the bus drivers are kept on staff and there are an extra, what 100 people with out a job because of it, all you bus drivers can thank yourselves for driving the company into the ground with your stupid grabs at money and strikes.

ps. Just having a look at Job sites around Australia, bus drivers, on average are earning $48,000 – $56,000 pa. That includes places like Sydney, where public transport, well works. Have a think how lucky you guys are and try and work around the idea’s that you are worth one millions dollars, because quite frankly you’re not.

I snipped a bit out. I will also state that I am not a bus driver so I am not sure where you are directing the “you” on your comments.

Did you attend the crash in Kempsie that killed 30 odd people & injured many more? No I dont think so.

No person moving in 12 tonnes of steel are safe & if you think a head on with two bussed annot happen here you are extremely nieve. Thats what I mean by it all turning to shit.

Please quantify how Action will fail for me please? Its owned by the government, how will it fail?

Man I would love to see what some of your people do for a living, I bet I could poke holes in that.

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