|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
Bus Drivers Strike Olympic Bonus
The first special Olympic pay bonuses have been locked in with private coach drivers to earn an extra $1.50 per hour to compensate for working on Sydney's clogged roads during the Games.
The deal, negotiated as part of the Transport Workers Union Bus 2000 award, will apply from the date drivers signed on to provide Olympic and related bus services until the date of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony on October 30.
The deal is expected to cover about 4,000 bus drivers employed by Bus 20000 - an umbrella organisation of all private bus company working during the Games.
Other aspects of the deal include a flat rate of $19.20 per hour - 35 per cent above the award in addition to the incentive payment of $1.50 per hour.
"This is a fair and flexible deal for anyone working on a bus route during the Olympics," TWU state secretary Tony Sheldon says.
"Importantly, it will ensure Sydney delivers an affordable, reliable and world class transport service to the Olympics."
Craning the Neck
Meanwhile, construction workers are warning that a mooted ban on mobile cranes in the Sydney CBD during the Olympic Games will shutdown the industry.
CFMEU state secretary Andrew Ferguson says any move to give the city such a cosmetic edict would bring the building industry to standstill and effect tens of thousands of jobs.
Ferguson says such a ban would punish those who built the Olympics on time, within budget and with minimal industrial action.
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