Oh - and Transdev is a French company and the French approach to industrial
relations would no doubt apply and we know where that leads.
On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:40:46 AM UTC+11 TP wrote:
> It'd be pretty frustrating for a bus driver driving one of those slugs.
> Once, the boot was on the other foot. I recall that there was a period of
> about a decade after the end of Sydney's trams where a lot of the
> government bus drivers were ex tram drivers and they drove the buses like
> the former Sydney trams were driven - quite "vigorously". So, with the gear
> changes and directional changes now added to the equation, you were tossed
> and jerked about like a pea in a tin. It took many years to quieten down, I
> guess in line with the ex trammies gradually retiring.
> With the development of operational contracting I see the growth of
> familiar old private bus practice like letting passengers get to a seat
> before taking off etc. It will be interesting to see how driving styles
> develop with the advent of electric buses. They have to be driven in a very
> specific way in order to maximise the use of regen. I remember some of the
> early electric bus trips at Sydney Airport where the driver hadn't overcome
> the habit of relying on the brake pedal, especially without a retarder, and
> would come flying into stops with both the regen and footbrake kicking in,
> leading to the alighting passengers being plastered against the windscreen
> if they weren't holding on.
> Tony P
> On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:02:30 AM UTC+11 Matthew Geier wrote:
>> It will be industrial action - ie drivers not answering their phones to
>> take extra casual shifts, so shortage of staff.
>> Transdev stuffed up Pyrmont IR wise. For years it was a non union
>> operation and then they pushed too hard and then majority of the staff
>> went and joined the RBTU to get professional bargaining support. I don't
>> think Transdev has forgiven them.
>> Randwick is probably a mix of non union, TWU as well as RBTU members.
>> (They specifically targeted bus drivers, and 'private' bus operators are
>> TWU not RBTU in NSW).
>> I expect the Randwick depot is being paid more for being on non union
>> sanctioned contracts. I don't know if this sort of behaviour is legal or
>> not, but it happens.
>> On 12/10/21 21:51, Andrew C wrote:
>> > Operational issue or justified industrial action by driver's?