By: Stephanie Acevedo
This morning Perth commuters weren’t just confronted with morning fog disrupting traffic, but as well as a campaign of industrial action strike made by bus drivers.
Transperth contractor Transdev’s bus drivers had meetings in the North in Joondalup and the South in Rockingham this morning, with a strike that lasted between 6am and 10am.
Approximately 500 bus drivers took protected action and have been stood down for 48 hours.
The strike happened after negotiations broke down between the Transport Workers Union and Transdev, a contractor which supplies drivers for Transperth services.
Transdev also provides CAT bus services in Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup as well as general Transperth services across the city.
Drivers are demanding a call for a 3% annual pay rise, more annual leave and greater job security but the Transport Workers Union national secretary Tim Dawson said Trandev was not coming to pass.
“We’ve fought hard over a long period of time to improve the wages and conditions of bus drivers, and we’ve been successful in doing that as a union,” Mr Dawson said.
“But the last few years during tough times the bus drivers have accepted that and haven’t asked for more than what they think has been reasonable, And listened to the bus companies when they’ve cried poor, even though they’ve still continued to make tens of millions of dollars in profit.”
“And what they’re saying now is that they’ve done the right thing, and it’s time for these bus companies actually is to do the right thing themselves. It’s a little bit of catch up for that hard time.”
The union has proposed further industrial action next week if the dispute remains unsolved.