More than 1000 bus drivers will take industrial action this Friday 19 February in Auckland. The public is being advised to plan ahead and look for other means of transport.
Bus drivers from across the city have highlighted the long working hours set by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Although NZ Bus has made the offer of a 1.7% increase in pay, taking wages up to $20.75 an hour, the union wants $21.
Drivers employed by NZ Bus will go on strike from 4am on Friday until 4am on Saturday. Some drivers employed by Howick and Eastern will walk off the job on the same day from 5:30am.
Several services will be inactive on Friday, including Metrolink, Go West, North Star, Waka Pacific, CityLink, InnerLink, OuterLink, Howick and Eastern and school buses operated by NZ Bus.
Auckland Transport’s Bus Services Manager, Brendon Main, says, "We are sorry but services will be limited on Friday, the roads will be busy and there will be delays. People should consider options such as travelling outside peak times, sharing rides, cycling or walking. People should also talk to their employer about their work situation on Friday.”
Main says Auckland Transport staff will be on duty at some busy locations to assist customers with information and advice.
Customers are being urged to check with the Auckland Transport call centre 09 366 6400 or visit AT.govt.nz to find out if services are available.