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Wellington Bus drivers ratify offer

Wellington Tramways Union media release

7 October 2008

Wellington Bus drivers ratify offer

Wellington Tramways Union members at Go Wellington have voted to accept a two-year pay deal which includes increases of 7.5% and 3.5% for the first and second year respectively and a $300 one-off payment.

The deal is an improvement on the company offer that sparked industrial action and a lock-out late last month and saw Wellington commuters left stranded for two days.

Wellington Tramways Union secretary Kevin O'Sullivan says the deal is a step forward for union members.

"By taking industrial action our members pushed the company to a higher rate than their original final offer and over the next two years that's going to mean more money in their pockets to support their families and weather the increased cost of living.

"This increase goes onto all our members' allowances as well as their base rate which means they'll see decent increases in their shift allowances and tea allowances as well as their hourly wage."

The Wellington Tramways Union represents over 300 bus driver on the Go Wellington network.

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