Skip to content
Employment Relations, Transport Automotive

Tasmanian bus package a first step towards arresting driver shortage

RTBU 2 mins read

Media release | Monday 25 September 2023 

Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Tasmanian Branch Secretary Ric Bean today welcomed the Tasmanian  Government’s support package for bus drivers, saying it was a positive step towards arresting the crisis in  Tasmania’s public transport system. 

“The RTBU has had a number of discussions with the State Government about a package to address the bus  driver shortage over recent weeks,“ Ric Bean said. 

“Today’s announcement addresses two of the three key issues that we have raised. 

“Firstly, the commitment to a pay rise outside of the Enterprise Agreement is a recognition that in a  competitive labour market for bus drivers, employers have to offer competitive wages if they are to attract  and retain staff. 

“Secondly, the package delivers funding for safety screens for drivers, and for long-awaited roll-out of Transit  Officers on the bus network. 

“These are important initiatives that the RTBU has been campaigning for, and come on top of the ‘It’s not  OK’ joint public awareness campaign between Metro Tasmania and the RTBU.” 

Ric Bean said the RTBU would continue working with the State Government to address the third issue of  concern to drivers: the workplace culture at Metro Tasmania. 

“Drivers need to feel that Metro management supports them. This is an intangible thing that can’t be solved  by money alone - it requires people to work together in a cooperative and constructive manner, and to build  trust. 

“The high level of turnover in Metro’s management hasn’t helped, but we’re hopeful that today’s  announcement will be a turning point.” 

Ric Bean thanked the Tasmanian community for their continued support of bus drivers, and for rallying  behind their public buses.

“It is clear that Tasmanians value their public bus services and want to have access to frequent, reliable and  safe public transport. 

“There’s still a lot of work to do, but we are hopeful that Metro can once again be the publicly-owned bus  company that Tasmanians want and deserve.”

Contact details:

Ric Bean 0418 596 600 /

More from this category

  • Employment Relations, Mental Health
  • 04/12/2023
  • 06:31
RMIT University

5 ways to avoid burnout before the break

Feel like you have a marathon to run before the end of year, when you barely have energy to run 100 metres? Management experts say burnout can be easily avoided if you take charge of your own wellbeing. Asanka Gunasekara, Lecturer, Human Resource Management/People Analytics Melissa Wheeler, Senior Lecturer, Business Administration Topics: burnout, work-life integration, wellbeing We often feel exhausted towards the end of year as we are working tirelessly at work while social commitments and Christmas tasks expand. Burnout is the feeling of exhaustion, disengagement, ineffectiveness, cynicism, and a sense of moving with no motivation or meaning. It has negative…

  • Employment Relations, Human Resources
  • 03/12/2023
  • 00:01
atWork Australia

Benefits of secure employment highlighted on International Day of People with Disability

This International Day of People with Disability (3 December), leading employment services provider, atWork Australia, is highlighting the importance of secure employment for Australians living with disability or chronic health conditions. In Australia, 1 in 9 (11.6%) people aged 64 years and under, live with disability – while this figure rises to 1 in 2 (49.6%) of people aged 65 and over1. Meanwhile, research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that people living with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed compared to those who aren’t2. This can impact both their physical and mental…

  • Contains:
  • Employment Relations, Union
  • 01/12/2023
  • 05:30
Unions NSW

Essential workforce crisis set to ease with workplace reforms

There’s greater hope NSW’s essential workforce shortages will improve now that the wages cap has finally been axed, unions say. The NSW Parliament has passed legislation to remove the powers that have allowed Coalition governments to cap the wages of public sector workers. The Parliament has also passed other important measures including allowing specialised judges to resolve workplace health and safety matters and underpayments. Mark Morey, Secretary of Unions NSW said: “Essential workers in NSW are now free from the shackles of the wage cap. The end of this wage suppression is a major win for workers, their families, and…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time your distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.