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Drivers reach provisional settlement with NZ Bus, including pay rise

Wellington.Scoop report from Roy Murphy
The Tramways Union has reached a provisional settlement with New Zealand Bus. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the settlement will be put to the union members for ratification on Friday 19 October. He said the union negotiators will recommend that the settlement be accepted.

The NZ Bus agreement “is a really good settlement,” O’Sullivan said, “It gave us practically everything that we asked for.”

He said over the next two years the drivers will get a 4 percent pay rise. He said more important than that was that the settlement includes an extra week’s holiday, a shift allowance and a bargaining process agreement.

Furthermore, the union is using this settlement as the bottom line for any agreement with the other bus operators. NZ Bus is a small employer, while Tranzit has more than 60 percent of the business.

Tranzit has asked that negotiations be reconvened. “That’s fine by us,” said O’Sullivan. “We’ve been asking for that for months.”

Tranzit will meet the union on Thursday next week. The planned drivers’ strike is due to start the week after that. If Tranzit signals that it will meet the baseline just established, the strike will be postponed while negotiations continue.

The meeting with Tranzit will be discussed at the stop work meeting set for Friday next week when the union will vote on ratification of the NZ Bus deal.

The government is also weighing in. It has reconvened its committee on transport and infrastructure to meet on Thursday 25 October.

4 comments:

  1. Traveller, 11. October 2018, 8:58

    Does this mean that the strike will not include NZ Bus drivers?

     
  2. Roy Murphy, 11. October 2018, 11:19

    If a strike does go ahead, it will not include NZ Bus.

     
  3. Desert1, 12. October 2018, 14:21

    Only if the Union members ratify the agreement on the 19th. If the members don’t ratify the agreement, then the NZ Bus drivers will be part of the strike.

     
  4. greenwelly, 12. October 2018, 16:03

    @Desert1
    Union negotiators will recommend that the settlement be accepted. The NZ Bus agreement “is a really good settlement,” O’Sullivan said, “It gave us practically everything that we asked for.”
    I think this is a pretty much forgone conclusion, esp as it will then allow the Union to use the acceptance as leverage with the other companies.

     

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