More Chaos On The Way Due To Sydney Bus Strike

Bus Strike Causes Peak Hour Punish

More Chaos On The Way Due To Sydney Bus Strike

Peak hour is expected to be a punish again this afternoon, after Sydney bus drivers walked off the job for 24 hours.

About 1,200 drivers have gone on strike over state government plans to privatise services in the Inner West and Southern suburbs.

The stoppage started at midnight and is impacting four depots including Leichhardt, Burwood, Kingsgrove and Tempe, leaving people and school children stranded at bus stops this morning,

Drivers got together today with officials from the RBTU to vent their anger, but are are refusing to go back to work this afternoon, despite an order from the Industrial Relations Commission.

That means more commuter chaos for the trip home.

RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva says they had no choice but to take a stand.

"From the outset, we apologise for the inconvenience that has been caused to passengers today, but we will never apologise for doing everything we can to ensure that inconvenience doesn't become a permanent fixture on Sydney's Roads."

"Under this minister's plans there will be wholesale and permanent custs to bus stops and the bus routes. We will not stand for it. This Minister is a compulsive liar and a fraud! He has lied to workers and now he is trying to con the people of Sydney into believing a private operator can somehow fix Sydney's traffic gridlock to make buses run on time. He is a fraud. He is a phoney... and we will not stand for it."

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Transport Minister Andrew Constance has apologised for those left high and dry due to the strike, saying extra ferries, light rail and trains had been added to the transport network.

However, that may not be an option for many Sydneysiders trying to get home this afternoon.

 

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