Sydney Bus Drivers defy court orders to strike over privatization
Bus Drivers denied the court orders and kept the strike continued to strike over privatization, Sydney.
Around 1,200 bus drivers of inner west and south stopped working for 24 hrs.
Transport minister called the actions, as ‘reckless behavior’
Travelers from Sydney faced a chaotic situation after the bus driver’s strike in the state. Well, they might face the same as drivers are staying on strike despite the court orders to return to work.
About 1200 drivers gone on strike after the news that The NSW government aims to privatize the bus routes.
The strike, started at midnight, affected 4 depots in Leichhardt, Burwood, Kingsgrove, and Tempe. Consequently, travelers strangled at bus stops on Thursday peak hours of office and school.
Same is expected in afternoon, as drivers not ready to come back to work, despite the court order.
“We’re really hoping bus drivers do turn up to work this afternoon and we will prioritize those buses to really service the school service run so that we can get the kids home this afternoon,” she talked to the reporters in Sydney.
The IRC order drivers on Wednesday night not to stop work, claimed it as an illegal act. And later they sent another order on Thursday morning, but nothing enough to stop the strike. Despite they threatened to face legal consequences.
But (RTBU) Rail, Tram and Bus Union, New South Wales said the drivers will still commit the strike.
David Woollams from RTBU also said, “Physically, it would be too big of a job for us to try and physically bring everyone to get them to come back to work.”
Meanwhile divisional secretary RRTBU apologized for the inconvenience of commuters.
Meanwhile, The Greens came out in support of the drivers and strike. A senior politician Mehreen Faruqi claimed that the privatization will be a disaster for both workers and NSW public.