Why bother running buses at all? ACTION reveals Easter services

johnboy 4 April 2012 48

ACTION have announced their “services” for the Easter long weekend.

ACTION will be operating to a Sunday timetable over the Easter long weekend, from Friday 6 April to Monday 9 April. View Sunday timetable…

Because running a Saturday service on the Saturday was just too hard?


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nicnacvb nicnacvb 9:30 am 05 Apr 12

Actually it seems that Saturday is a public holiday and Sunday is not. According to the Chief Minister’s website below:

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/communication/holidays

I always thought it was the other way round. Go figure

davo101 davo101 9:07 am 05 Apr 12

poetix said :

God may well be everywhere, but holy communion on your own is a bit unsatisfactory.

Have you tried Protestantism? It’s just you and God, no need to go through an intermediary.

poetix poetix 10:58 pm 04 Apr 12

c_c said :

poetix said :

Let’s not forget that this is Easter, and a lot of people, even those who don’t drive (and/or have limited personal mobility) might want to attend special church services.

Ah, but ACTION knows that god is everywhere.

God may well be everywhere, but holy communion on your own is a bit unsatisfactory.

c_c c_c 10:49 pm 04 Apr 12

poetix said :

Let’s not forget that this is Easter, and a lot of people, even those who don’t drive (and/or have limited personal mobility) might want to attend special church services.

Ah, but ACTION knows that god is everywhere.

poetix poetix 10:43 pm 04 Apr 12

Let’s not forget that this is Easter, and a lot of people, even those who don’t drive (and/or have limited personal mobility) might want to attend special church services. For example, 6am vigils on Sunday. By my cursory reading of the timetables, it would be impossible to catch a bus to St Philip’s in O’Connor or St John’s in Reid, for example, for early services, and difficult for later ones. It is no more outrageous to expect that buses be available for Easter services than for a secular festival. (One bus could cover many churches, too.) And the ability to get to church at Easter is of great significance to many people.

lindilou lindilou 10:16 pm 04 Apr 12

jk_142 said :

Saturday is a public holiday. It costs more.

Actually Saturday and Sunday are not public holidays. So pay stays at the normal Saturday and Sunday rates.

Ray Polglaze Ray Polglaze 9:57 pm 04 Apr 12

This will be disappointing to visitors to the National Folk Festival who naively expect buses to come on Saturday night when the time table at the Festival bus stop says they will.

This will also be disappointing because this year the National Folk Festival is not running shuttle buses at night to cover the now every night when Action is not running buses.

I suppose this is a good opportunity for Canberra to show off its culture.

damien haas damien haas 8:45 pm 04 Apr 12

Bussie said :

grump said :

this is a case where unlike the banks, the gubment/ACTION should argue for the weekend to be no different or at least remove the option that drivers currently apparently have to opt in or out of weekend rosters. No wonder the bus system is crap of a weekend or holiday when drivers can decide whether or not they work (not arguing for removal of penalty rates btw) – don’t want to work the weekend, then

We don’t get any penalty rates for working weekends. Last EBA management wanted to bring in compulsory weekend work with nothing in return. We unsurprisingly didn’t agree.

Your union accepted a composite rate in a previous agreement. That composite rate covers out of hours work. If you dont want to work weekends, why not roll back the agreement to a non-composite rate and ask for penaty rates outside 9-5 ? I bet you would find the weekend services were suddenly able to be staffed.

Its a massive con by the TWU. They got the payrise by gaining a composite rate, in the EBA yet dont actually want to do the work agreed to. It is no way an act of good faith and smells badly.

If the government had any backbone they would have let the agreement expire, and have you work at award rates. Which would see you get what you want – MO MONEY for working weekends.

gooterz gooterz 7:45 pm 04 Apr 12

geetee said :

Cool – a virtual 6pm-10am curfew each day of the long weekend for everyone under 16/without a car.

Is that a bad thing?

Bussie Bussie 7:44 pm 04 Apr 12

grump said :

this is a case where unlike the banks, the gubment/ACTION should argue for the weekend to be no different or at least remove the option that drivers currently apparently have to opt in or out of weekend rosters. No wonder the bus system is crap of a weekend or holiday when drivers can decide whether or not they work (not arguing for removal of penalty rates btw) – don’t want to work the weekend, then

We don’t get any penalty rates for working weekends. Last EBA management wanted to bring in compulsory weekend work with nothing in return. We unsurprisingly didn’t agree.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 7:34 pm 04 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Keijidosha said :

God forbid that some drivers might want to enjoy the long weekend rather than drive an empty bus around.

If you don’t like driving buses then bus driver is a pretty poor career choice.

So are we to take it that the only people who need apply for bus driving jobs are those who have no concern about giving up their public holidays, regardless of whether their services are actually needed or not? That’s a pretty fatuous argument you put up there – I’m sure that bus drivers are fully aware that they are going to have to work on some holidays, but that doesn’t mean that they’d be happy to drive around empty buses instead of spending time with their families.

And where you you draw a line with decisions like this? The old adage “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” comes into play here I think. It’s true that some people will be inconvenienced by running a Sunday schedule all weekend – but given the choice of forcing some people to more carefully plan their trips to fit in with a less flexible schedule, or costing everyone more money by running a higher frequency but severely under-utilised service, I know which direction I’d like the government to take.

jk_142 jk_142 6:45 pm 04 Apr 12

Saturday is a public holiday. It costs more.

geetee geetee 3:20 pm 04 Apr 12

Cool – a virtual 6pm-10am curfew each day of the long weekend for everyone under 16/without a car.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 3:10 pm 04 Apr 12

Because running a Saturday service on the Saturday was just too hard?

Well… be honest about it.
Who is going to be hanging around Canberra over the long weekend?

Just ask your friends and colleagues. If half of them say yes then I think reducing the bus service to Sunday timetable isn’t so drastic.

johnboy johnboy 2:48 pm 04 Apr 12

Keijidosha said :

God forbid that some drivers might want to enjoy the long weekend rather than drive an empty bus around.

If you don’t like driving buses then bus driver is a pretty poor career choice.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 2:46 pm 04 Apr 12

God forbid that some drivers might want to enjoy the long weekend rather than drive an empty bus around.

krasny krasny 2:36 pm 04 Apr 12

As usual, ACTION say eff you to those of us who have jobs but not cars. Getting to work this weekend is going to be a pain in the arse, just like every other long weekend (and, truth be told, every bloody Sunday). And then they wonder why no one uses the “service”.

davo101 davo101 2:31 pm 04 Apr 12

Because running a Saturday service on the Saturday was just too hard?

Everyone’s out of town so why bother?

grump grump 2:28 pm 04 Apr 12

this is a case where unlike the banks, the gubment/ACTION should argue for the weekend to be no different or at least remove the option that drivers currently apparently have to opt in or out of weekend rosters. No wonder the bus system is crap of a weekend or holiday when drivers can decide whether or not they work (not arguing for removal of penalty rates btw) – don’t want to work the weekend, then

kakosi kakosi 2:05 pm 04 Apr 12

And they wonder why most people choose to drive cars in Canberra.

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