Proposed protected industrial action impacting some ferry services

PUBLISHED ON 05/12/2018
Proposed protected industrial action impacting some ferry services

CUSTOMER INFORMATION:

Customers are urged to plan ahead on Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December; please get the latest travel updates by calling TransLink on 13 12 30, or by visiting www.translink.com.au.

MEDIA RELEASE:

Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) are taking Protected Industrial Action by stopping work for 48 hours from 4am on Thursday 6 December to 4am on Saturday 8 December. During this time, Transdev asks customers to plan ahead.

Transdev operates the CityCat, CityHopper and CityFerry services on the Brisbane River on behalf of Brisbane City Council.

Transdev’s Managing Director Tilly Loughborough apologises to customers for any inconvenience the Union’s industrial action may cause, and encourages them to make alternative plans for travel on Thursday and Friday where possible.

“We will do everything we can to keep as many services running as possible, but do encourage those customers who are able to, to make alternative travel arrangements for Thursday and Friday,” Ms. Loughborough said

“We urge the Unions to focus on working with us to resolve the outstanding issues, and reconsider their decision to stop work, so we can avoid the unnecessary impact on customers and the broader community,” Ms. Loughborough said

Ms. Loughborough added the company is committed to maintaining service delivery whilst also ensuring the safety of crew and customers.

“Transdev will always operate services with uncompromising standards of safety. We reject outright any suggestion otherwise,” Ms. Loughborough said.

CityCat services will be running at a reduced frequency on Thursday and Friday, and are expected to be busier than usual. Therefore customers are encouraged to use alternative routes to travel where they are available.

-ENDS-

Background:

  • Transdev, the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Maritime Officers Union have been working hard to reach an in-principle Enterprise Agreement since 27 November 2017, with the current Agreement expiring on 16 May 2018.
  • The objectives for the negotiations included providing better work life balance and greater take home pay for crew.
  • Transdev has offered pay increases for all crew as part of the negotiations to date.
  • Transdev believes their current wage offer is fair and reliable and includes:
  • Wage increases for CityCat Masters of 6% in year one, followed by 2.3% in year two (or WPI whichever is greater) and 5% (or WPI whichever is greater) in year three; a total minimum increase of 13.3% over the three years.
  • Wage increases for other Crew between 3 and 5% in year one, followed by 2.3% in year two (or WPI whichever greater) and 3 to 5% (or WPI whichever is greater) in year three; a total minimum increase of between 8.3 and of 9.3% over three years.
  • Ferry crew in Brisbane are currently paid at or above the National Award rate.
  • Clearly we wish to agree to the best deal within our means for crew, hence spending considerable time meeting with the Bargaining Representatives over the course of 20 meetings during the last 12 months.
  • With three offers presented to the Unions by Transdev to date, we are urging them to provide Transdev with some counter-proposal.
  • MUA’s claim of 20% and AMOU’s claim of 30% in year one alone is not sustainable.
  • Transdev’s service delivery and maintenance practices are strictly governed by the industry regulators: the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Maritime Safety Queensland. This is also externally recognised with our Sci-Qual accreditation.

About Transdev in Brisbane:
Transdev operates the iconic Brisbane CityCat, CityHopper and CityFerry services on Brisbane River on behalf of Brisbane City Council. We deliver over five million customer journeys each year. Transdev also operates metropolitan bus services on behalf of TransLink and the Queensland Government. Our bus team provides urban, school and charter services to the local community, transporting 2.6 million people per year. 

 

 

Media Contact: Malin Fordham
Malin.Fordham@transdev.com.au
Mob: +61 428 957 214

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