Region 6 EA Update
Union officials met with TSA representatives on May 18th. This wasn’t a bargaining meeting but a reset to negotiations. Now that TSA has gotten rid of their bargaining agent, we needed to look each other in the eye and seek a way forward. Talks were positive with the company committing to providing data and reasons for any position they take instead of just saying ‘NO’ though a third party. It looks like a return to what we would consider ‘normal’ bargaining.
All this month we’ve had fare free Fridays to keep out issues in the public eye and demonstrate our solidarity to each other and the company.
By refusing to accept fares on those days, we caused a headache for management and the government while also thanking commuters for their ongoing support in our fight for fair pay and conditions.
To help keep this momentum rolling, stickers were distributed to the public explaining why they travelled for free and why drivers in Region 6 are taking action.
This type of transparency – letting commuters know they deserve better than what the current government is delivering on public transport – is crucial to keeping the management and the NSW government accountable.
Bargaining has been set to a fortnightly schedule starting May 26th, ongoing until we reach an agreement.