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Auckland bus drivers to walk off job

Bus drivers in Auckland are set to strike every Monday for over two months over a pay dispute.

 
 

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BUS drivers in Auckland are set to strike every Monday for over two months over a pay dispute.

Mediation between NZ Bus and 900 of its drivers has ended without a resolution, and as a result, the employees will strike every Monday from September 17 for nine weeks.

The two parties remain stuck over a pay rate of $20, with drivers wanting it to come into force earlier than the company, Gary Froggatt, Tramways Union President said.

“Drivers have submitted during bargaining that this should be in place by July next year, whereas the company wants to delay it until April 2014,” Fairfax NZ reported.

“Bus drivers are routinely away from home for 14 hour days to earn an eight hour wage, due to their split shifts for peak services.”

“It is not at all easy to support themselves and their families in Auckland on the wages that NZ Bus pay. This is a very profitable company, who can comfortably afford a better deal for Auckland’s bus drivers.”

He added the the owner of NZ Bus, Infratil, recently posted a six percent profit increase last month, and the directors recently received a 3.7 percent fee increase.

 
 

 

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