6 Dec 2019

NZ bus services in Auckland to be cancelled from tomorrow

3:07 pm on 6 December 2019

All bus services in Auckland operated by NZ Bus will not be operating from tomorrow, as an industrial dispute heats up.

The 125X at Westgate's interim bus hub

Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

NZ Bus drivers on some Auckland services have been refusing to collect fares this week as a strike action, and the company says drivers who continue to do this will be suspended from tomorrow.

Auckland Transport says it has been informed by the company that yesterday it offered a new wage deal to try to finalise a new collective agreement with the members of First Union and Tramways.

It said NZ Bus also requested the strike action of not collecting fares be withdrawn by the unions.

Auckland Transport said the unions had not accepted the latest pay offer from NZ Bus and had not agreed to withdraw the strike notice for not collecting fares.

Services along Dominion, Sandringham, Mt Eden and Manukau Roads, as well as other routes across the wider Auckland region and the LINK services will not be operating.

Bus services operated by companies other than NZ Bus will continue as scheduled, as will train and ferry services.

Auckland Transport has published the routes that will not run from Saturday December 7, until further notice.

CityLink, InnerLink, OuterLink, TāmakiLink, 14T, 14W, 18, 20, 22A, 22N, 22R, 24B, 24R, 24W, 25B, 25L, 27T, 27W, 27H, 30, 68, 75, 82, 101, 105, 106, 110, 122, 125, 125X, 128, 129, 162, 252, 253, 221X, 223X, 243X, 248X, 295, 321, 650, 670, 751, 755, 762, 774, 775, 781, 801, 802, 806, 807, 814, 842, 843, 871, 923, and 924.

"This includes school buses operated by NZ Bus," the statement said.

"Bus services run by other operators are not affected and train and ferry services will run as normal."

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