Positive Outcome in Hamilton Bus Strike

We’ve been advised that strike action has ceased following negotiations between Go Bus and First Union to reach a satisfactory outcome. First Union has agreed to lift its strike notice against Go Bus, and in return Go Bus will immediately lift the Lock Out notice that had been issued against 69 First Union members, who will now return to their duties from today.

Both parties have agreed to work collaboratively with all funding parties to improve driver’s wages and cease all industrial action in the interim.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui worked closely with their respective commercial entities to find a solution to the impasse. Rukumoana Schaafhausen, Chair of TeArataura, the Executive of Waikato Tainui says, “as mana whenua in the rohe, I am pleased that the Waikato Regional Council and Hamilton City Council have worked with Go Bus and First Union to find a resolution. Waikato-Tainui, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are committed to ensuring the drivers of Go Bus receive fair remuneration for the work they do in our communities.”

Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu said, “whilst it was disappointing that Go Bus negotiations with First Union ended up with industrial action, we are strong advocates for the living wage and our focus was to ensure that there is a solution, for the drivers of Go Bus and their whānau.”