Message from John Berger – TWU VIC/TAS Branch Secretary and TWU National Vice-President – and TWU VIC-TAS Bus organisers Mike McNess, Bob Lean and Imran Malik.
“The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise – a fair share of the fare.
While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.
They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.
But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself – and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.
The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the company’s latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement.
We thank all of those almost 600 CDC members who walked out today – and their families and supporters – without your strength, without your determination and without your solidarity this fight would not be possible.
We also welcome all of those new members who have signed up from CDC in recent days – you have seen the union’s hard-line stance and the unwavering solidarity among TWU members and received the message loud and clear that the TWU is going to stick up for you. We have your back.
There are further actions planned for this dispute.
We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.
And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.