Hamilton Go Bus drivers march for living wage

  • 12/10/2017
Drivers at the Tainui-owned Go Bus will march on council and deliver a petition Thursday morning.
Drivers at the Tainui-owned Go Bus will march on council and deliver a petition Thursday morning. Photo credit: File

Bus drivers are calling on the Waikato Regional Council to help staff secure a living wage.

Drivers at the Tainui-owned Go Bus will march on council and deliver a petition Thursday morning, in an effort to secure a collective agreement covering Go Bus drivers across the country.

The regional council awards the region's public transport contracts to private providers such as Go Bus.

Under the tendering model councils use for public transport, private providers bid for the right to run public bus services.

The companies that win the contracts are often companies that can cut costs, which can include wages and conditions for drivers, according to the First Union.

Bus drivers in Auckland saw their wages and conditions drop dramatically after NZ Bus lost the contract for Auckland's main routes to Go Bus, the union said.

Hamilton City Councillor Dave Macpherson, who sits on the joint transport committee between the regional and city council, will meet the drivers and accept the petition on his council's behalf.

Go Bus drivers in Hawkes Bay have also marched for a living wage and called on the Napier City Council to protect drivers' wages and conditions, while drivers in Tauranga held a similar march in September.

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