Bus drivers at Tranzit’s Wellington operations
returned to work today from two am as a sign of good faith
ahead of mediation tomorrow.
Wellington Tramways Union
Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the strike, which resulted
in around half of Tranzit’s Transurban drivers withdrawing
their labour, should never have happened. “Right from the
start of this process, before the new contractor was
appointed, we’ve been telling the regional council to
protect drivers’ terms and conditions. We have been
warning of industrial action for months.
“We have a
straightforward claim for people who work at Tranzit’s
Tranzurban operations to have the same terms and conditions
as those working at NZ Bus’ Wellington operations. Same
job, same council, same deal is a fair claim and it’s one
we asked the regional council to make a bottom line in their
tendering process right at the start. They didn’t
“If we can’t settle this we may be forced to
take more industrial action, we don’t want to create
difficulties for Wellington commuters, but the huge public
support we’ve had shows they know what’s happening here
and they’re on our side.”
During the course of the
strike action around 120 services in the Wellington region
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