Bus passengers in Melbourne’s eastern and western suburbs, as well as in Ballarat and Geelong, will face significant disruptions on Tuesday when CDC Victoria bus drivers go on strike.
The industrial action will begin following the final bus service on Monday night and is expected to end before the first service on Wednesday July 11. It will affect 49 CDC bus routes in Melbourne and 25 in Geelong and Ballarat.
CDC Victoria is encouraging passengers to seek alternative transport arrangements and allow extra time to travel. Non-CDC bus services will not be affected.
Contract negotiations between the Transport Workers Union (TWU) – which represents the bus drivers – and CDC Victoria have come to an impasse: a wage increase is the final sticking point. CDC Victoria has offered a 2.5 per cent wage increase, according to TWU. Broadsheet reached out to CDC for comment but could not confirm that figure before publication. The TWU is seeking a four per cent wage increase and one per cent super increase.
“We’re open to continued discussion leading up to tomorrow,” TWU Victorian Branch Secretary John Berger tells Broadsheet. Berger also says further four-hour stoppages are planned on Friday July 13 and Monday July 16 should an agreement not be made. Exact times for the extra stoppages are yet to be decided.
“While we respect the right of all employees to take lawful industrial action, CDC Victoria is disappointed that this will cause such a disruption across our bus services. Our drivers do a very important job and we feel this wage offer demonstrates our support for them. We sincerely apologise to all customers and the community for disruptions that these actions will cause,” CDC Victoria CEO Nicholas Yap said in a statement.
See below for routes possibly affected.
Routes 150, 151, 153, 160, 161, 166, 167, 170, 180, 181, 190, 191, 192, 400, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 414, 415, 417, 418, 419, 421, 423, 424, 425, 439, 441, 443, 461, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 601, 605, 606, 612, 623, 624, 625, 626, 630, 900
All bus routes
Routes 1, 10, 11, 12, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 43
Up-to-date information on the disruptions can be found on Twitter @CDCVictoria. For more information head to cdcvictoria.com.au