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Transit Systems bus drivers in region six, which covers the Inner West, Sydney CBD, Olympic Park, Strathfield and Rockdale services have turned off their Opal card machines today.

Drivers are calling for pay rises and better working conditions from the NSW government.

Buses at the Burwood bus depot. Public bus transport on some routes has been impacted after bus drivers and depot workers have had to go into isolation following COVID-19 cases being detected at the Leichhardt Depot. Burwood, NSW. 12th August, 2021. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Thousands of Sydney commuters travel for free on buses today. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

This is the third bus strike in a matter of months for Sydneysiders.

State Secretary of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Richard Olsen claims the government has ignored drivers’ calls for equal pay and conditions in region six.

“At Transit Systems we have a situation that the NSW Government left us in, in 2018 when they privatised region six,” Olsen said.

“Bus drivers doing exactly the same job are employed on a two tier system of wages and conditions.”

Bus drivers turn off opal card machines in Sydney amid industrial action.
Bus drivers have turned off their opal card machines as part of the strike. (9News)

Secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union David Babineau said bus drivers shouldn’t have to continuously take industrial action and the NSW government should meet their requests.

“The fact bus drivers are still being forced to take action in order to fix the mess of the NSW Government’s creation beggars belief,” he said.

The union has threatened more strike action if their demands are not met.

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Source: 9News

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