Broken industrial laws embolden council employer as bus driver dispute continues
Brisbane City bus drivers are continuing industrial action as their employer, Brisbane City Council, ignores critical safety concerns and refuses to consider a real wage increase for workers despite rising living costs.
The latest stop work action by Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) members took place yesterday (Thursday 31 August 2017) and followed a number of assaults on bus drivers across the city.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary said our union supported the action of the RTBU members who have been left with no other choice following prolonged negotiations where their employer have shown no real interest in addressing the critical issues raised by employees.
“The situation faced by Brisbane City Council bus drivers is not uncommon across the country right now.
“It’s one where legitimate concerns, including those related to critical workplace health and safety, can simply be ignored by the employer thanks to industrial relations laws which let the employer stare employees down and drag out the negotiation process.
“Just last year we saw the death of a Brisbane bus driver – killed on the job in the most tragic of circumstances – yet less than 12 months later, his employer is refusing to listen the real concerns of his colleagues when it comes to protecting bus drivers on the job.
“How can our industrial laws let this happen?
“Clearly something is very wrong.
“Our industrial laws are broken and must be changed,” Mr Burke said.