10 Aug 2012

Auckland bus drivers reject offer

5:57 pm on 10 August 2012

Bus drivers in Auckland have rejected a pay offer and decided to take industrial action.

The NZ Bus drivers, represented by the Auckland Tramways and First Unions, have been in discussions over better pay for four months.

The 700 drivers, who work up to 14 hour days, want time-and-a-half on their sixth consecutive working day.

The offer from NZ Bus is time-and-a-quarter.

Karl Anderson from First Union says almost 97% of the drivers rejected the offer at a stop work meeting on Friday afternoon.

He says they're now going to take industrial action, although no details have yet been confirmed.

Many buses were off Auckland roads for nearly five hours on Friday because of the meeting.