Bus driver action reaches fourth week

An industrial dispute between bus drivers and Brisbane City Council will continue this week when drivers refuse to accept fares on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

News.com.au has reported Rail, Tram and Bus Union spokesman Tom Brown said drivers would continue to campaign until a “reasonable outcome” was achieved for members.

“Our drivers need better protection in the workplace, rosters that don’t lead to driver fatigue and safety risks, and fairer pay,” Mr Brown said.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the industrial action was now in its fourth week and passengers were keen for a resolution so their commutes could go back to normal.

“Ultimately this disruption is costing ratepayers who will foot the bill for the free fares and alternative transport arrangements that have had to be arranged over the past weeks,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The sooner this dispute can be resolved, the better for all commuters and motorists who are trying to get around an already congested Brisbane City as quickly as possible.”

Commuters could check if their bus route was affected by visiting the TransLink website.