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Transdev Drivers Reject EBA

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Transdev bus operators upset the firm’s apple cart recently by voting 63% to 37% to reject their new pay and conditions agreement.

The old agreement expired on 31 December 2015 and the company had initially expected its new deal would be accepted by drivers.

Negotiations had been hard going, however the bargaining committee had managed to squeeze some worthwhile concessions out of the firm.

They included:

  • Level 2’s and 3’s to no longer be penalised three times for the one mistake. Drivers would move up the classification levels when it was time with no questions asked.
  • No more than a 5 hour part on any shift Monday to Sunday. Only Christmas Day and Special Events will have parts over five hours.
  • 40 hour drivers up north to retain their hours but only if they stayed in the current contract area. If they transferred to another contract area then they would go onto 38 hours.
  • If you are a Level 2 or 3 you will be no longer penalised three times for the one mistake. You will move up the levels when it is time with no questions asked.

However a two thirds’ majority was not happy with Transdev offerings and many took TWU advice to VOTE NO.

Negotiations have now resumed and we are searching for a breakthrough that will get the agreement over the line.

Meetings have been held at all Transdev depots and drivers are seeking;

  • 5 day Monday to Friday roster.
  • Part timers moving up to full time.
  • 5 minute turnaround time.
  • Pay increase above CPI
  • Distribution of hours (start times & length of shifts).
  • The number of spread shifts at each depot.
  • A maximum unpaid break of 1.5 hours for the 4 day roster at the CATS depot.
  • No trade off of current conditions

Management have committed to further exploring these claims and will have a response by the next meeting planned in approximately 2 weeks’ time.