Bedford_Kid wrote:Bus operators wages went down when privatisation started. With regular "Cost of living" increases since then, they have only just in the last year or less started to reach parity with what they were on in 1996-7.
So to say they have remained the same is wrong. They have lost a lot of money over those last 15 years through being forced to accept paycuts when the private operators took over, and have had to slowly claw their way back to what they had 15 years ago.
Thanks, SA Government.
My question still has to be, how has this been allowed to happen when top management are on mega bucks? I am not one for strike action, 99% of the time it solves nothing these days and you can never make back the pay you lose whilst being on strike but these drivers are normal people, most with familes, does the management teams not care about that and are they just interested in lining their own pockets and the pockets of shareholders. If ALL bus drivers who work for the 3 companies in Adelaide were to take strike action, they could cripple the city overnight and the companies would have no choise but to increase pay to a more realistic rate if drivers were fight for better pay, the companies could not sack everyone, were would they find all the drivers they would need!
Bus drivers are the front line staff dealing with everything on a day to day basis yet the seem to be getting a very raw deal. So it is now 2011 yet drivers are on pay that they were on 5 years ago, the cost of living goes up every day, why does bus drivers wage's not reflect that?
Paul From Hull in the UK !!!