PICTURE: Left, bus driver Warren Goulding (picture by Katrina Bridgeford); and right, a popular travel blogger (KelsGoneBush) laughs at a Northern Territory News headline.
TTN: A major source of tourism transport – Northern Territory buses – will be off the road on Tue 1st October as drivers protest against anti-social behaviour. Consistent violent attacks – often alcohol-fuelled – keep female employees and travellers off rural buses.
$40k to get ‘spat on, abused’ on the job
From the ntnews.com.au
BUS drivers are getting paid just over $40,000 a year to get spat on, racially abused, rocks thrown at them, and to protect passengers from anti-social behaviour, say drivers.
The have been on strike since 4.30am today for 24 hours.
They will also strike from 4.30am Thursday until 7.30am Friday.
The drivers are paid between $42,839 and $44,000 and have been offered a three per cent increase over four years, but want a four per cent increase over three years. They also want their own agreement classification.
Bus driver Warren Goulding has been driving buses for five years and is about to retire.
He faced an horrific attack while driving a bus in Palmerston in 2011.
“A mob at the back of the bus were violent and swearing at schoolgirls,” the 63-year-old from Bayview said.
“They were crying with fear.”
Mr Goulding called police and went to eject the unruly passengers.
“I turned around and I got king-hit,” he said. “I got a split eye and my nose broken.
“They got off and started throwing stones.”