Christchurch bus drivers plan stop work meeting

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Oct 08, 2021 |

The Amalgamated Workers Union has a planned stop work meeting on Monday 18 October between 5am and 9am.

It means urban and school bus drivers may not be available to drive Metro services.

The stop work meeting is in response to delays in drivers receiving the Living Wage rate adjustment.

In July this year, Environment Canterbury Council approved funding that would enable operators to pay their drivers a base wage equivalent to the revised Living Wage that came into effect on 1 September 2021.

Once the contract variation process has been completed, funds will be passed onto operators to pay their drivers.

Council will backdate funding to ensure drivers are paid any wage difference from when the Living Wage increase came into effect.

Environment Canterbury CEO Stefanie Rixecker says staff engaged early with bus operators and organisers of the stop work meeting, so is disappointing that delays in contract approvals will impact customers in this way.

“We’re working through the details of the meeting with the urban and school bus operators and hope to be able to provide our customers with more details in the coming days.”

“We’re asking that in the meantime, it is a good idea to make a contingency plan if you can.”

Environment Canterbury supports the move to ensure driver wages reflect the role they play in this essential service.

“Our drivers are consistently getting high satisfaction ratings from our customers, so we understand how important their role in the public transport experience is, and their role in keeping Greater Christchurch moving forward,” Rixecker says.

“We want to be able to support our operators to provide a wage that reflects the important role that drivers have in providing a positive experience across the network.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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