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Add your name to bus driver Travis’ open letter to Premier Berejiklian

In this global crisis, the NSW Government is still trying to privatise Sydney’s bus network.

Bus drivers are on the roads every day, keeping Sydney moving despite the risk to their personal safety. But the NSW Government is ploughing ahead with its plans to sell off our buses to private operators – and now transport workers don’t know if they’ll have a secure job once the crisis is over.

*Travis, a local Sydney bus driver, is one of them. He’s written to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian asking her to stop her attempts to privatise the rest of Sydney’s bus network, and his job.

Will you add your name to his letter?

We already know that privatisation doesn’t work. Privatising buses in Sydney’s inner west and Newcastle has massively reduced on-time running. Routes have been cut, stops closed and workers’ conditions have nosedived.

Despite the overwhelming evidence and the pandemic we are facing, the NSW Government is plouhing ahead with its unjustifiable privatisation agenda.

We know the government won’t stop here. Our city’s entire public transport network, and our public assets more broadly, are in danger of being sold off to corporations that will run them for profit, not people.

Public services and public jobs will be crucial to our state’s recovery from this crisis. Add your name to Travis’ letter and tell the Premier to stop privatising our transport now.

The NSW Government will only listen if we fight to be heard – and many voices are louder than one.

*Name has been changed to protect identity.

Add your name to bus driver Travis’ open letter to Premier Berejiklian

Dear Premier Berejiklian,

I’m a public bus driver in Sydney. I’m also a father of two, a husband, and a son. I am writing to reject your proposal to privatise the operations of Sydney’s bus services.

Read all of the letter

Privatisation doesn’t work. Privatising buses in Sydney’s inner west and Newcastle has massively reduced on-time running. Routes have been cut, stops closed and working conditions have nosedived. In the inner west, ex-STA are being forced out of a job because work has been taken away from them and they can’t earn a living.

Bus drivers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping bus services running so the thousands of people who need accessible, affordable public transport can still get by. I know that nurses, ambos, and others need to get to the important work they do and I’m proud to provide that service. We are in constant contact with members of the public, with all the risks that entails. Every time I come home, I put my family at risk.

Drivers are afraid, yet we are determined to do our public duty. But we are also afraid that once this pandemic is over, your privatisation plans will leave commuters with inferior services and drivers with poorer working conditions – or out of a job entirely, like my work mates in maintenance and safety as well as our bus schedulers and operations personnel.

To privatise bus services during a global pandemic, when bus drivers are putting themselves at great risk, is about the biggest slap in the face I can imagine for workers and commuters. It’s a basic responsibility of our government to provide a safe, affordable and reliable public transport network, but at the moment it seems you and your government are intent on shirking that responsibility to the detriment of commuters and workers.

Private operators put profits before people. To make money they’ll slash services, close bus stops and cut back on maintenance. Please, don’t rob Sydney commuters of the bus services they deserve.

I urge you to immediately withdraw your proposal to privatise Sydney’s public bus services and make a public commitment not to privatise any other public transport services in NSW.

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