Just yesterday HC reported on the IR dispute escalating within Victoria Legal Aid – today Metro bus drivers in Tasmania walked off the job between 10am and 2pm.
Metro drivers walked off the job after voting to reject the 2% pay increase offer made by management yesterday – as a result buses were off the streets between 10am and 2pm while drivers held a stop-work meeting at the Glenorchy bus terminal.
At this stage the Metro CEO Heather Haselgrove has said the company is prepared to increase its pay offer. “Metro believes its offer is fair and reasonable,” she said.
Bus drivers are calling for a 3% pay rise and changes to their hours which would see them work no more than five continuous hours in the proposed enterprise bargaining agreement (EBT).
Union representative Samantha Simonetis said the drivers would use the stop-work meeting to discuss further industrial action over the pay offer, and said more industrial action could take effect as early as next week if an agreement cannot be reached.
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