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CDC STRIKES TO GO AHEAD TOMORROW

July 23, 2018

CDC Victoria bus drivers will continue with planned industrial action tomorrow against the company after mediation talks held in good faith today failed to resolve outstanding issues between the parties.

The TWU gave notice to CDC Victoria last Friday afternoon that around 600 members planned to strike five times this week – including two 24-hour protected work stoppages.

The industrial action is part of an ongoing pay dispute with the Singapore-based multinational.

Tomorrow’s full stoppages will take place from 7am to 11am in Ballarat and from 6am to 10am out of Sunshine depot.

The parties will reconvene for Fair Work Commission mediation on Wednesday.

WHERE/WHEN: 

Full stoppages will take place this week at:

  • CDC Sunshine depot, Tuesday 24 July, from 6am to 10am.

  • CDC Ballarat depot, Tuesday 24 July, from 7am to 11am.

  • CDC Sunshine depot Friday 27 July, from 3pm to 7pm.

  • CDC Oakleigh depot for 24 hours from first bus on Thursday 26 July.

  • CDC Wyndham depot for 24 hours from first bus on Friday 27 July.

Picket lines will be in place at each depot during these actions, they follow two four-hour and one 24-hour work stoppages held since 10 July.

CDC TWU members also began indefinite protected action on 21 July in refusing to collect fares, activate ‘touch on’ ticketing devices or wear CDC uniforms.

Victorian bus driver pay rises are currently determined by the Average Wage Growth system. 

The current CDC wage offer is actually less than what drivers have averaged over the last 20 years.

 Negotiations between CDC and the TWU have been underway for over four months. CDC was the first major operator to begin negotiating the 2018 Victorian Bus Industry Agreement.

Around 95% of CDC members voted to take the action after receiving the company’s latest sub-standard and insulting wage offer. TWU membership represents the vast majority of CDC Victoria’s bus drivers.

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