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    Tramways Union and Union First bus drivers set to strike tomorrow

    October 20, 2019


    Auckland roads are expected to be
    thrown into absolute chaos tomorrow as the city’s bus drivers
    mount an all day strike. Bus routes will go
    out of service from 4am, and its thought up to 70,000
    passengers could be affected. So what has led to the drivers
    taking such drastic action? Oriini Tipene-Leach reports. In exactly 12 hours, most of Auckland’s buses
    will come to a standstill, threatening complete chaos
    to the metropolis. There are two major strikes
    against two bus operators by Tramways Union and First Union against NZ Bus
    and Howick and Eastern. And there’s also Auckland Transport
    who contracts to both operators. Anne Paparoa is one
    of more than 1100 drivers who are walking off the job. She has been driving
    for nine years, but she is fearful
    with the status quo. Split shifts go for 13 hours. During peak traffic, that’s four hours in the morning
    and four hours in the afternoon. Paparoa says they are not allowed
    to take breaks or make toilet stops. Despite the difficulties
    predicted for tomorrow, a lot of people we spoke to today
    said they support the strike. NZTA does not support individuals using private transport vehicles
    affected by the strike in case they cause traffic bedlam. As for Anne Paparoa, she believes the issue
    won’t be dealt with straight away through one strike. There’s a fierce battle yet ahead. Oriini Tipene-Leach, Te Karere.