Auckland bus drivers reject pay offer

Last updated 13:04 06/10/2012

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Auckland bus drivers who have already taken industrial action in a pay dispute have rejected yet another offer from their company.

The bus drivers have voted against a revised proposal from NZ Bus for their collective employment agreement - with 51 per cent against the settlement.

"After careful consideration of the offer, drivers are still of the view that they don't earn enough to provide for themselves and their families," said bus unions spokesman Karl Anderson.

He said the amount of money offered by the company and delayed pay increases are core issues for derivers.
Around 1000 NZ Bus drivers and cleaner, represented by four unions, have been embroiled in the pay dispute since July.

The unions say drivers earn between $14.05 and $16.75 an hour, with split shifts often keeping them away from home for long hours, and a pay offer from NZ Bus was inadequate.

The union have also previously rejected an improved company offer of 4.2 percent, 3.0 percent and 3.3 percent over three years.

The unions are considering their options and will make a decision on what steps need to be taken next week.

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