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Australia 'It will be gridlock' – bus drivers to strike in Melbourne

16:51  10 august  2018
16:51  10 august  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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More than 1000 Victorian bus drivers will refuse to get behind the wheel for 24-hours as they strike for better pay, leaving passengers in Melbourne and "That will bring the CBD to a standstill. It will be gridlock ," Rick Smith, who has been driving for eight years, told AAP. Drivers want a four per cent

More than 1000 Victorian bus drivers will refuse to get behind the wheel for 24-hours as they strike for better pay, leaving passengers in Melbourne and other Across Melbourne , to Geelong and Ballarat, 120 routes will be impacted on Thursday. "That will bring the CBD to a standstill. It will be gridlock

More than a thousand bus drivers will go on strike on Thursday.© Chris Hopkins More than a thousand bus drivers will go on strike on Thursday.

More than 1000 Victorian bus drivers will refuse to get behind the wheel for 24-hours as they strike for better pay, leaving passengers in Melbourne and other parts of the state to rethink their commute.

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Across Melbourne, to Geelong and Ballarat, 120 routes will be impacted on Thursday.

"That will bring the CBD to a standstill. It will be gridlock," Rick Smith, who has been driving for eight years, told AAP.

Drivers want a four per cent pay rise and one per cent superannuation increase as part of their new enterprise bargaining agreement.

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Greater than 1000 Victorian bus drivers will refuse to get behind the wheel for 24-hours as they strike for higher pay, leaving passengers in Melbourne and different elements “That may carry the CBD to a standstill. It is going to be gridlock ,” Rick Smith, who has been driving for eight years, informed AAP.

decent living wage and a secure future, he said More than 1000 Victorian bus drivers will refuse to get behind the wheel for 24-hours on Thursday as they strike for better pay.

Transport Workers Union national vice-president John Berger said members had postponed work bans and stoppages for the past two weeks while negotiations took place.

In a statement, the TWU said it wanted the 2018 Victorian Bus Industry Agreement to move away from "the unreliable" Average Weekly Earnings wage increase model to fixed percentage agreements with bus operators.

The union said it informed all Victorian bus operators of its desire over three years ago but "in a sign of good faith" had postposed stoppages for the past two weeks in an attempt to come to an agreement with bus operators CDC.

But discussions stalled on Friday and an agreement could not be reached.

Mr Berger said while bus drivers did not "take any joy in inconveniencing the community they serve" they needed to "look after themselves and their own families".

“These hard-working members are worth more than what the company have put on the table and have indicated that they are willing to continue to fight for a decent living wage and a secure future,” he said.

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