Thursday, October 14, 2021

Workers are revolting

Sydney has three tram light rail lines. L1, L2 and L3. L1 opened in the 1990s, the latter two just last year.

The lines I believe are government owned but a private company Transdev runs the three services.  

L1 tram drivers have been taking protected industrial action to the extent that Transdev has contracted buses to run the L1 service and cancelled the tram services for an extended period. The industrial action is refusing to do overtime (because there is clearly insufficient drivers), not answering phone calls from management when off duty and not answering radio calls until the tram is stopped. 

But what is their beef? Although they and L2 and L3 drivers are all employed by Transdev, the L1 drivers receive less pay, less chance of promotion and worse working conditions that the L2 and L3 drivers. On the face of it, that just seems so wrong and I can't imagine how it could be justified. Same job, same company, less pay and worse working conditions. Way weird.

Meanwhile Transdev has lost its large number of contracts to run Melbourne buses after a scandal a couple of years ago because their buses were poorly maintained (gaffer tape holding things together) and many were dangerously unroadworthy. 

Transdev seems to be a disgraceful public transport operator that is hopeless at the basics of vehicle maintenance, passenger safety and industrial relations. I hope you don't have Transdev stock market shares.

25 comments:

  1. Capitalist bosses are revolting. Always were.

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    1. I hope not all Hels. I've been a boss and so has R and we were good bosses. Too good at times.

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  2. Sadly Transdev and many other companies just like them continue to receive lucrative government contracts...

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    1. EC, they do and given it doesn't seem to save money and the service can be poor, why? Shifting blame from government to private companies.

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  3. Lot of people here in United States, not in my area is looking at work a lot different, since of covid.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, yes Covid has changed things a lot. We have a labour shortage here now for poorly paid jobs.

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  4. One shouldn't be forced to do overtime if you don't want or to take work related calls at home, and using the radio when in motion sounds dangerous and possibly illegal. The privatisation of public services has gone wrong in so many ways.

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    1. Tasker, gone wrong terribly. Look at your train system! While the service may be quite good, it is the most confusing system in the world. Fancy having to book through a third party that can break the journey into sections to get a cheaper fare. Nice work Maggie.

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  5. Dora is right. A lot of people in the USA are walking away from unrewarding jobs.

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    1. Cynthia, the pay from what Dora has said is appalling, and without tips, not that I believe in tips. Without overseas students and backpackers, we have quite a labour shortage. Economics says if you pay more you will get staff, but business won't pay more to staff for doing rubbish jobs.

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  6. Here in Canada they're not putting up with the low paying, high risk jobs anymore. And your report is quite pitiful, cheating some workers, profits are everything when companies are privatized.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, the usual solution is to import overseas workers from poorer countries but that can't be done here at the moment. Even with privatisation there are strict operational regulations but they are not enforced.

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  7. Is Transdev run by transgender people? Sounds like it.

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    1. Transgender deviants, actually YP.

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    2. Probably more like transsexual deviant.

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  8. I hate stories like this. And there are way too many of them.

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    1. Debby, given the serious lack of logic, I expect it will be sorted in the L1 line workers favour.

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  9. Who thought it would be a good idea to outsource essential services and then pay for them at exorbitant rates and with shoddy service. Not just governments but so many other industries and we are the poor suckers who suffer.

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    1. No argument about that from me Caro.

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    1. It certainly is Margaret and with business, it usually is.

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  11. I know a few non-workers who are revolting. One in particular doesn't seem to have showered or washed his clothes and bedding for about a year or three.
    I hope the light rail stuff gets sorted and back on track.

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    1. River, I guess that comes with some mental issues, or very old age. Back on track! Hehe.

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  12. This is what happens when public agencies hire private contractors whose first concern is profit and who thus don't run things to the same standards.

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    1. Steve, I suppose in theory it could work, but it requires strict standards and monitoring. Nevertheless, it never seems to work.

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