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A Wee Problem on Gold Coast Buses

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Our Queensland Branch Slammed Surfside Buses

Late last year, drivers for Surfside Buses on the Gold Coast were accosted for unhygienic practices within their vehicles, including eating meals and urinating into containers in the cabin.

Why? Because there are no amenities available for these drivers on some of the routes that they service. Sound familiar?

Surfside Buslines general manager Martin Hall issued a signed notice to his employees stating he was disgusted with the practice and threatened them with the sack.

“Sadly for reasons unknown to me several drivers have been electing to urinate in their buses,” the statement read.

“Not only is this disgusting and extremely unhygienic it now poses a real threat to their employment.”

Bus drivers with our Queensland Branch slammed the notice, blaming the bus company for not organising access to council toilets which are often locked at night.

When a driver has to take control of a vehicle, late at night, for over six hours - without clean and safe amenities available - there are going to be issues.

Whilst there are some amenities available on some routes, there are issues with the unavailability of these services, particularly late at night and on longer, more remote routes.

These circumstances lead to drivers having to make a decision to either forfeit their rights to have meal and toilet breaks, or to take matters into their own hands.

The Surfside Buses general manager said he “couldn’t fathom” why drivers have been urinating into bottles while on board their buses.

Your TWU believes that if Mr Hall had to drive these routes at these times, he might have a bit more of an understanding.

The Work Health and Safety Acts in most states stipulate that an employer MUST provide access to clean toilets and eating facilities.

WA drivers have often complained about lack of amenities on certain routes also and your TWU has taken the issues up with the bus firms and Transperth.

Your TWU, will continue to fight for bus drivers rights at work, ensuring that you receive everything that you’re entitled to.