Anthony Reginato / Sunshine Coast Daily

Bus drivers will be asked if they want state or federal EBA

THE Transport Workers' Union will be out across Queensland today talking to bus drivers about their current conditions and their future agreements.

TWU Assistant State Secretary Scott Connolly said 2014 will be a big year for Queensland bus drivers with the upcoming Transit Australia Group (TAG) EBAs and the introduction of Campbell Newman's international tendering.

"Now is an important time to talk to TAG drivers about their current conditions and what they want to see in their next agreement," Mr Connolly said.

"TWU organisers will be out across Queensland today, and over the coming months, talking to Sunbus and Surfside drivers and starting to put together their log-of-claims."

"It's important drivers make their voices heard and invest in their futures.

"One of the biggest questions today will be asking drivers if they want a local or a state-wide agreement."

Another issue facing Queensland bus drivers next year is Premier Newman's announcement that he would open the tendering process for Queensland bus service contracts to the global market.

"This is another kick in the teeth for drivers and for Queenslanders,' Mr Connolly said.

"Not only does this Government dismiss the fact that bus drivers are bashed, robbed, threatened and abused on a daily basis, but now they want to cut pay and conditions by opening up tendering to the global market.'

"Bus drivers carry our most important cargo - people,' Mr Connolly said.

"They deserve more from this State Government, and they deserve to not be treated like second-class citizens."


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