Ongoing Industrial Action Impacting Ferry Services

PUBLISHED ON 06/12/2018
Ongoing Industrial Action Impacting Ferry Services


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Transdev reminds customers to continue to plan ahead as Protected Industrial Action taken by members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) is expected to continue until 4am on Saturday 8 December.

Ferry services on the Brisbane River are running to a revised timetable with reduced services. Services are running at approximately half hour frequency during peak (between 6am and 9am and 3pm and 5.30pm) and one hour frequency off peak; at this stage a similar level of disruption is expected for this afternoon and tomorrow.

Transdev’s Managing Director Tilly Loughborough said she was disappointed that customers are being unnecessarily impacted, and assured customers the company is working to resolve the outstanding issues as quickly as possible.

“We believe our current offer, which includes a minimum wage increase of at least 13.3% for Ferry Masters and 8.3% for crew, over three years is a fair one,” Ms Loughborough said.

“Today our focus has been on running as many services as we can, and I’d like to thank our Masters and crew who are working and keeping our customers moving.”

Ms Loughborough said Transdev categorically denies allegations from the unions that it plans to reduce crew numbers and is putting customer safety at risk.

“I want to send a really strong message to our customers: your safety on-board our services, is and always will be, our absolute first priority,” Ms Loughborough said.

“There is no plan to reduce crew numbers on our vessels. Any suggestion otherwise is untrue.”

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About Transdev in Brisbane:

Transdev operates metropolitan bus services on behalf of Translink and the Queensland Government.  Our bus team operate over 140 vehicles providing urban, school and charter services to the local community, transporting 2.6 million people per year. Transdev also 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.                        


Malin Fordham

Mob: +61 428 957 214

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