Victorian Bus Drivers To Refuse Fares In Protest
Bus drivers are striking after negotiations for a four percent wage increase broke down.
Hundreds of Victorian bus drivers are changing their approach to industrial action, refusing to take fares from passengers instead of refusing to drive.
Saturday's fare strike by 600 drivers employed by government-contractor CDC, will impact 70 routes across Ballarat, Geelong, and parts of Melbourne's west and east.
The Transport Workers Union is calling for a four per cent wage and one per cent superannuation increase on behalf of the drivers and has already organised three stop-work strikes over the past fortnight.
"We will simply continue to campaign until a fair agreement acceptable to our members is reached," TWU national vice-president John Berger said in a statement.
He did not rule out further strike action if an agreement was not reached.
Negotiations stalled after Fair Work Commission mediation on July 13 failed between the parties.
"We want to find a resolution, and we are exploring every channel and option," a CDC Victoria spokesperson said.
"Our utmost priority is to minimise disruption to our customers and find ways to assist them in the best way we can should there be any further industrial action."
If you are taking a bus trip in Victoria (or anywhere) today, it's always worth remembering 2018's purest meme and thanking the bus driver.