[Marxism] Auckland bus drivers' struggle
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Wed Dec 11 15:29:12 MST 2019
by *Daphna Whitmore*
This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work
after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial
action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are
asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered only
a 2% pay rise.
With NZ Bus suspending union members and cancelling services around 70,000
commuters each day are being affected during the busiest time of the year.
The suspension is aimed at coercing the drivers, but the mood of the
workers is to continue to hold the line.
They are fighting a long-running problem of low wages and split shifts. Bus
drivers are paid on average $22 an hour and have unpaid downtime during
their shifts. They start work early in the morning and can finish 12 hours
later without making the equivalent of the minimum wage. . .
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