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Union cautious as new Newcastle Transport operator announced

Dec 12, 2016Media releases

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) of New South Wales has cautiously welcomed today’s announcement that Keolis Downer will take over Newcastle Transport’s operation, marking the end of an era for Newcastle Buses and Ferries.

RTBU NSW Tram and Bus Secretary Chris Preston said, “We welcome better integrated transport for the city of Newcastle, but remain cautious for our members as they transition “It’s a great step forward for Newcastle transport workers who can now finally put a face to

their future employer, and will soon get some clarity about future work conditions.”

The transition to the new operator Keolis Downer, from Newcastle Buses and Ferries staff, will happen in July 2017.

“Whilst it’s business as usual for the public transport workers of Newcastle, the RTBU will be in contact with the new operator at the very first available date, to continue to advocate on their behalf throughout this transition.”

“Until we know exactly what conditions public bus and ferries workers will be working under come the 1st of July 2017, we will continue to be cautious on their behalf.”

“We hope that Keolis Downer’s planned improvements to services in 2018, will have public transport workers and the public they serve at its forefront rather than economic efficiencies that impact on services.”

“We look forward to this being a positive project for the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, with smoother public transport integration and much needed revitalisation,” said Mr Preston.