Chief Minister Stanhope is making an appeal to the better natures of the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union who are busily rendering the bus service in Canberra even more ludicrous.
“Since the bargaining process commenced almost 18 months ago, the Government has made a number of significant concessions in what it was seeking, however the unions have repeatedly refused to budge from their position,” Mr Stanhope said.
“It is a matter of enormous regret to the Government that the AMWU and the TWU have not been prepared to compromise on any of the issues under negotiation as we strive to create a public transport system for the 21st century.
“In order to resolve this, the Government has encouraged the unions to pursue arbitration through Fair Work Australia. However, both unions have repeatedly rejected this offer.
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“The Government is now calling on the unions to agree to put the negotiations to an independent arbitrator and be bound by the recommendations of the arbitrator.
“The Government is inviting the unions to put forward the names of three people who could be considered for appointment as the arbitrator and the Government will do likewise with the preferred person agreed on by all parties.
One wonders what an independent arbiter will make of the equally unlovely ACTION management and their workforce.