Bus drivers strike


Queenstown bus drivers are protesting outside the Otago Regional Council offices this morning as part of a strike over pay and conditions.

Four drivers, along with First Union organiser Ken Young and other union members, stood with protest signs outside the offices.

Mr Young said bus company Ritchies, which operates the resort’s $2 bus service, Orbus, had refused to enter mediation with staff over pay increases and health and safety concerns.

The strike is to finish at midnight tonight but Ritchies transport director Andrew Ritchie, of Auckland, said there would not be any disruptions to bus services in the Wakatipu resulting from the strike.

Otago Regional Council support services manager Gerard Collings said the strike was an ‘‘operational matter for Ritchies’’.