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Newcastle STA – Privatisation Announcement

Nov 10, 2015Bulletins

Bulletin 58 –

To RTBU Members: Newcastle Salaried & Workshop Members

What we know so far:

  • The Minister has announced that the government has plans to privatise the buses, light rail and ferry system in Newcastle from Jun 2016.
  • The plan is to bundle all the transport system up together and sell them off as one.
  • The government has said that it won’t allow State Transit to tender –despite the fact it currently runs both the buses and ferries in the area.
  • Thursday was the first the RTBU has heard about this. There has been no consultation with the union at all.

What does this mean for jobs?

  • Potential job losses for many RTBU members.
  • The RTBU will fight tooth and nail to protect the jobs of workers in the area.

What does this mean for services?

  • Unfortunately, we don’t know. We know that private companies need to make money, and that often services suffer as a result.
  • When your main aim is to make a profit, you start to cut costs wherever you can. That’s when you start to see things like maintenance and services take a hit. We can’t afford to let that happen in Newcastle.

Why is the government doing this?

  • Good question. The State Government has a responsibility to provide reliable, safe and affordable public transport systems. It’s out-sourcing its responsibility to the people of Newcastle.
  • This is a classic case of the government putting profits ahead of people.

What is the RTBU doing about it?

  • We are completely opposed to the privatisation of our transport systems and will be doing everything we can to get the government to reverse this decision.
  • We are seeking urgent meetings with the government to discuss the situation and will feed back all the information we get to the membership as soon as we can.
  • We won’t take this lying down.
  • If the State Government insists on going down this path, it needs to ensure it allows State Transit – the company currently running the bus and ferry network and which has a long track record in transport management – to tender for the system.
  • We will keep you up to date with all the information as we get it.
  • RTBU Officials have held a number of onsite meetings with members and are available for member enquiries.

RTBU Newcastle Office: (02) 4969 4665      RTBU Bus Division: (02) 9319 7277

Issued by: Authorised by:
Greg Cameron

Relief Organiser, Newcastle

Alex Claassens

Branch Secretary

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