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Hail to the bus drivers: wage parity finally on horizon for Cairns’ public transport workers

By: Daniel Bateman, The Cairns Post

General, generic, stock photo of a Sunbus public transport bus at Cairns City station on Lake Street in Cairns. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE

SUNBUS drivers in Cairns will no longer be the worst paid in Queensland under wage parity conditions to be implemented by the State Government.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad announced at the Labor Conference in Townsville, that a standard rate for bus drivers across Queensland would be introduced, starting in Cairns.

The new wages, which are yet to be announced, will be finalised through the government’s Cabinet Budget Review Committee.

Wage disparity has been a sticking point for Cairns’ Sunbus drivers for years, who have been paid as much as $4500 per year less that drivers in Townsville and southeast Queensland.

Regular industrial action by the drivers, including stopping work and refusing to collect fares, has lost the company up to $7000 a day.

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