The fight continues between the Brisbane City Council and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union over a new enterprise bargaining agreement for council bus drivers.

The RTBU’s latest move? Fare-free Friday. All day today, union drivers won’t be collecting fares from commuters.

It comes after continued EBA talks yesterday, which have seemingly stalled over pay increases. The RTBU wants a 3.5 percent increase over three years; the council is offering a 2.5 percent increase.

Today’s move follows three previous rounds of strikes across the last two weeks, and a fare-free day last Thursday (which the council estimates cost ratepayers $515,000).

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk warned that only union drivers would take part in the action. “Not all drivers are performing that, that non-payment of fares, so we would ask that passengers continue to expect to have to pay a fare when they get to the bus,” he told The Brisbane Times.

In short, keep your Go Card handy.

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The RTBU is not ruling out further strike action. Quirk, meanwhile, is talking tough, telling the Times: “Why should I budge? Why should the ratepayers be asked to fork out more?”

Expect this one to keeping rolling for a little while yet.