Bus drivers to head to mediation
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 4:48p.m.
Bus drivers on Auckland's biggest network will head to mediation in two weeks after failing to reach an agreement in two days of negotiations.
The Auckland Tramways Union and First Union, which represent drivers employed by NZ Bus, returned to negotiations on Thursday and Friday after 96 percent of drivers rejected a collective contract offer a week ago.
The major issues had included the size of the drivers' pay rise and the start date of the contract to replace the existing collective, which expired this month.
First Union transport and logistics secretary Karl Andersen says some progress was made on ancillary aspects of the agreement, but nothing had been agreed on the wage rate and the term of the collective.
Mr Andersen says the two parties would attend mediation on July 23 and 24.
NZ Bus has offered a pay rise of 2.3 percent from November and another 2.3 percent from November 2013.
The drivers are seeking rises totalling between 7.2 percent and 8.3 percent over two years, and for it to take effect from the end of the present collective.
NZ Bus last week said it was confident an agreement would be reached without any industrial action.
NZ Bus, a subsidiary of Infratil, runs about 70 percent of Auckland's buses, including the North Star, Go West, Metrolink, City Link, Outer Link and Waka Pacific buses.
The negotiations come three years after NZ Bus services were seriously interrupted during a contract dispute.
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14/07/2012 10:24:55 p.m.
Graham Freedom wrote:
we don"T demand anything, apart from better wages and working conditions, which NZ Bus is having a hard time trying to provide, Our stop work meeting was at the companies request not the drivers or the union,we have long since passed the day of up setting the public We should be asking for $32.00 dollars an hour, however we are only asking for $20.00 which still leaves us $20.00 behind the normal rate, How is that greedy we have to survive too
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