Sumary of Hundreds of Sydney bus drivers stop work over allegedly unsafe Covid conditions:
- Two-hundred drivers at a major Sydney bus depot have walked off the job to protest against what they claim are unsafe Covid-19 working conditionsDrivers at Smithfield Depot, at the centre of the city’s western outbreak, on Thursday afternoon stopped work indefinitely as they called for rapid antigen testing to be urgently rolled out.
- The union wants the NSW government to pay for private bus companies to introduce rapid tests to ensure equal access for drivers across the network.
- “What we’re essentially calling for is for the government to fund it so the operators can run it.
- The bus drivers will be safe, the services will be less disrupted,” TWU spokesman Mitch Wright told NCA NewsWire.
- Union representatives say they are meeting with government transport officials on Thursday afternoon.
- NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles Credit: News Corp AustraliaThe NSW government walked back its plans to require rapid antigen testing as an alternative to mandatory vaccinations for bus drivers who live in the local government areas of concern.