Ferry services on the Brisbane river will return to normal tomorrow morning after the Industrial Action taken by members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU).
Ferry services on the Brisbane river are running to a revised timetable with reduced services today. Services are operating at approximately half hour frequency during peak, and one hour frequency at other times. Services will return to normal from the first service on Saturday 8 December morning.
Transdev’s Managing Director Tilly Loughborough again apologised to customers for this week’s interruption caused by the Industrial Action.
“I’d like to thank our ferry commuters for their patience and understanding during this disruptive time,” Ms Loughborough said.
“Our focus over the past two days has been on providing as many services as possible, and we’re proud of our crew who have done a fantastic job to ensure we were able to keep our customers moving,”
Transdev continues to be focused on resolving the outstanding issues to finalise a new enterprise agreement for our people.
“We’ve reached out to the Fair Work Commission to ask for their assistance with our negotiations and we are hopeful of making progress next week.”
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About Transdev in Brisbane:
Transdev operates the iconic Brisbane CityCat, CityHopper and CityFerry services operating on Brisbane River on behalf of Brisbane City Council. We deliver over five million customer journeys each year. Transdev also operates metropolitan bus services on behalf of Translink and the Queensland Government. Our bus team provides urban, school and charter services to the local community, transporting 2.6 million people per year.
- Notes to Editors
Transdev, the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Maritime Officers Union have been working hard to reach an in-principle Enterprise Agreement since 27 November 2017, with the current Agreement expiring on 16 May 2018.
- Transdev has provided the unions with three offers during a 12 month negotiation period. They are yet to receive any counter-proposals.
- The objectives for the negotiations included providing better work life balance and greater take home pay for crew.
- Transdev has offered pay increases for all crew as part of the negotiations to date.
- Transdev believes their current wage offer is fair and reliable and includes:
- Wage increases for CityCat Masters of 6% in year one, followed by 2.3% in year two (or WPI whichever is greater) and 5% (or WPI whichever is greater) in year three; a total minimum increase of 13.3% over the three years.
- Wage increases for other Crew between 3 and 5% in year one, followed by 2.3% in year two (or WPI whichever greater) and 3 to 5% (or WPI whichever is greater) in year three; a total minimum increase of between 8.3 and of 9.3% over three years.
- Ferry crew in Brisbane are currently paid at or above the National Award rate.
- Transdev wishes to agree to the best deal within our means for crew, hence spending considerable time meeting with the Bargaining Representatives over the course of 20 meetings in the last 12 months.
- MUA’s claim of 20% and AMOU’s claim of a 30% pay increase in year one alone is not sustainable.
- Transdev’s service delivery and maintenance practices are strictly governed by the industry regulators: the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Maritime Safety Queensland. This is also externally recognised with our Sci-Qual accreditation. Transdev operates domestic and commercial vessels to the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.