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Coconut Wireless, 24th July 2016

Bus owners’ predicament Bus operators are scratching their heads. Bus driver vacancies exist across the industry and despite advertisements looking for new drivers response has been negligible. Add to this
24 Jul 2016 10:55
Coconut Wireless, 24th July 2016
Coconut Wireless

Bus owners’ predicament

Bus operators are scratching their heads. Bus driver vacancies exist across the industry and despite advertisements looking for new drivers response has been negligible.

Add to this sickness, days off, leave and absenteeism, some bus company owners are struggling to maintain their services.

On average, bus drivers are paid $200 a week.

What’s really hurting some bus owners is absenteeism and sickness. Some drivers know there is a shortage of drivers so they take advantage of it. Employers are in a predicament – between a rock and a hard place. If they fire the drivers they get hit on two fronts. First, who will replace them? Second the employers could be challenged in an employment tribunal.

One employer has become so frustrated that he will not accept a sick sheet from a particular private doctor. Sound familiar?

 

Ride from hell?

Speaking of public transport, there needs to be another closer scrutiny of the minivan or express van service.

Yesterday, a Suva worker was absolutely disgusted with the condition of a van she rode in to work from Nausori. This was how she summed up the situation:

“It was a ride from hell. We were squashed like sardines. The van must have been overloaded. It was rattling and the noise was unbearable. It’s a death trap in the event of an accident.”

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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