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Following two stoppages of two hours each last Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, RTBU & TWU members followed up with a 24-hour stoppage yesterday.
Unlike previous strike action in region 6, this wasn’t a day to go fishing and picket lines were manned at all four depots stopping buses from going in and out.
Some depots had picket lines manned all day from 6am – 6pm which is a huge effort from members of both unions and a moment of genuine solidarity.
While we know these actions inconvenience the public, it’s time to start looking out for ourselves. The media was supportive and once people understood that we’re not looking for a pay grab but trying to fix genuine inequality, there were very few complaints. We even had local businesses offer cartons of drinks to drivers on the picket line at Tempe as well as somewhere to go to the toilet after the Tempe Area Manager refused to let anyone into the depot to go the toilet. Typical of a company that sees it’s workers as the enemy.
While we apologise to any other workers who were impacted, they can ultimately thank the company for putting them in that position. The union and it’s members will not be stepping back from the fight to fix the government approved debacle in region 6.
[img]https://tramandbusexpress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/IMG_1727-9900000000079e3c.jpeg[/img]More actions will be coming NEXT WEEK (so don’t so these yet) including Work to Rule, not using mobile phones or any device to communication with work outside of your shift hours, no uniforms, and the right to distribute union campaign material in the workplace. Work to rule is the winner there and actions you can take include:
The union will be printing stickers, flyers and posters to distribute to passengers and put up at bus stops so people know exactly why their bus is doing some things a bit differently. Don’t be pressured by management, this is PROTECTED ACTION. Any threats either verbal or written should be reported to your local delegate immediately.
This article first appeared on tramandbusexpress.com.au
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