NSW train drivers are asking through their union for a 6% pay rise over four years. I saw some figures online. A Sydney train can carry 1000 passengers, and probably do, often. A Sydney train driver earns about $110,000 per year. I am sure this would be inclusive of overtime, working on days off and before or after the end of their shift.
Constance Andrews, the Transport Minister is very cross with the outrageous claim. She is also cross with the train drivers because they at times won't work overtime, leading to services being cancelled. Perhaps they are tired after working umpteen days in a row. Perhaps they are tired after a high concentration shift. I would prefer that train drivers were not 'actively encouraged' to work overtime when they don't want to. A weary train driver with 1000 passengers on board? Not great.
That there is such a hostile and toxic relationship between Sydney Trains management and the minister, and it workers bodes no good for anyone's safety.
Whatever, the train driver's union has power and a suitable arrangement will be reached.
Now, can we talk about the pay of nurses, teachers and child care workers, to name a few who do an honest days work, and compare them to financial advisors, bankers (yes, with a b not a w), consultants, public relation spin doctors, train managers and the many other overpaid leeches in our society.