'Shocking Betrayal': Plan To Sell Off Sydney Bus Services Slammed
Unions NSW says any plan to privatise the remaining state-run bus routes in Sydney would be a betrayal by the Berejiklian government.
Unions say job security for Sydney bus drivers will be "shredded" and commuters will suffer if the Berejiklian government privatises the city's remaining state-run services.
Thousands of drivers will on Thursday be told of the state government decision to open up the city's north west, north shore, northern beaches and eastern suburbs to private operators, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The three bus regions will be the last to be privatised by the NSW government, with affected drivers to be offered job transfers to the companies that win the tender to run the services.
Secretary of Unions NSW Mark Morey said the privatisation proposal was a deep betrayal by the government, who said nothing of the plan before the March 2019 election.
"Job security has just been shredded for drivers, while support staff in finance and administration face an even more uncertain future," he said in a statement on Thursday.
"Under any privatisation, costs must be cut to create a profit margin for the new operator. That means jobs and services suffer."