Press Release – First Union and Auckland Tramways Union
Auckland bus drivers have voted against a revised proposal from NZ Bus for their collective employment agreement. The vote was 51% against ratifying the proposed settlement, and 49% in favour.
Drivers voted by secret ballot at their different bus depots over the past week and a Company lawyer was present to supervise the counting of the vote.
Spokesperson for the bus unions, Karl Andersen, said that the voter turnout was very good. There were very few union members that didn’t vote.
“After careful consideration of the offer, drivers are still of the view that they don’t earn enough to provide for themselves and their families,” he said.
Karl Andersen said despite some movement from NZ Bus, both the amount offered by the company, and a delayed implementation of pay increases, was still a core issue for drivers.
The unions are considering their options at the moment and will make some decisions about next steps early next week, he said.