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The NZ government is requiring that councils right across New Zealand implement a new unethical competitive contracting model which rewards the worst, lowest paying bus companies. In Auckland, for example, a group of faceless, unelected business people, called Auckland Transport, have forced hundreds of drivers to take pay cuts. They are doing this by rewarding contracts to exploitative, profit making companies willing to pay less for the exact same service.

Companies winning contracts based on low wages are promoting drivers work long hours to make up their income. This puts the public at risk as fatigue is a huge factor in contributing to road accidents and deaths. As the biggest users of public transport this especially effects children, students and the elderly. Less wages being paid to drivers also means less money going into back into local communities. Everyone is worse off – except for the profit making bus companies, the councils and Auckland Transport

Bus drivers are coming together to fight for a better deal. We need your support in demanding that councils around the country contract bus operators based on safe work practises, environmentally friendly vehicles, and efficient business operations, not low wages.

Join us to make every bus fair by demanding a requirement any company competing for council run bus routes submit tenders protecting bus drivers’ conditions of employment.

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