In the media: Billions in savings proposed for state’s transport as costs soar
The Sydney Morning Herald has published a story based on “sensitive” documents obtained via freedom of information laws which reveal Transport for NSW planned “reform program”.
Raising public transport fares, selling or redeveloping hundreds of state-owned properties and overhauling road levies and taxes are among measures being considered to secure $7 billion in annual savings by the end of next decade. The plan also reveals the agency is proposing ways to cut up to $1.9 billion a year from staff costs within 10 years.
Loco Division Secretary, Bob Hayden, said while the government’s plans are uncertain, one thing is very clear – the union will continue to protect members’ conditions and entitlements, as we have always done, and will not stand for safety or services being cut in order to balance a backroom spreadsheet.
“Commuters deserve a safe, affordable and reliable transport service, and workers deserve a safe and fair workplace. We won’t compromise on that.
“The NSW Government has squandered millions on its light rail project as a result of poor management and incompetence on Andrew Constance’s part. Now it seems like, at least in part, to cover their tracks they’re looking at measures like cutting workers and charging commuters more.”
Read the Sydney Morning Herald article here.