Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill, today condemned the Premier's plans to sell-off 223 Sydney bus routes, including those servicing the inner west.
1,200 public transport workers in the Inner West will be cut, according to Rail Tram and Bus Union of NSW estimates. These are the same workers who only six months ago were assured by the Government their jobs were safe for five years.
Privatisation could result in reduced services in the affected areas and drive up costs for commuters. The Liberals have already sold off the Hunter’s ferry, light rail and bus services, as well as Sydney Ferries.
Last year, Transport Minister Andrew Constance refused to rule out the privatisation of Sydney Trains.
Quotes attributable to Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill
"The Government's privatisation plans show their contempt for public transport workers and for commuters across the inner west.
"These are local workers trying to put food on their table. Instead, the Government has served up uncertainty and chaos. I stand with the drivers and workers impacted by this shortsighted and shameful decision.
"Rather than make the necessary investments to make the system as efficient as possible, this Government is selling our public bus network off to the highest bidder.
"It’s clear that by the time this Government is done, there’ll be nothing left to sell. “