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Brisbane to weather more bus driver strikes, as fog compounds industrial action

Tuesday July 18, 2017 - 12:38 EST
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A plane coming into Brisbane captured the fog over the CBD from the sky. - ABC licensed

Bus drivers are expected to strike again tomorrow in Brisbane after a two-hour strike today, with commuter disruptions compounded by a thick, slow-moving fog.

Tens of thousands of commuters were affected when drivers in the Virginia, Sherwood and Willawong areas

, including school buses, until about 7:30am.

Similar action is being taken on Wednesday morning in the Eagle Farm, Carina, Toowong and Garden City areas.

The dispute is over shift work requirements, pay and workplace health and safety conditions.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union's Tom Brown said improving safety measures was the main concern, with driver abuse and assaults an ongoing issue.

"It has been a long time since we have taken action like this and we're basically at our wits end," he said.

Council coming to table on safety, but no more pay negotiations

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said they were not meeting with the union on Tuesday after Monday's meeting.

He said council had agreed to double the number of security guards on the bus network and will consult further if the drivers want protection barriers.

The offer of a 2.5 per cent pay rise per year for three years still stands but Cr Shrinner said more would not be offered, adding the Brisbane drivers were the best paid in the state.

Rostering is also a "no-go zone", and council will not give control to the union.

"That's what has happened in Queensland Rail and it has been an absolute debacle - we are not going to give the union control on what driver does what route," Cr Schrinner said.

"That will be a bad outcome all day everyday and would cost rate payers more, and lead to inefficient services."

Fog delays ferries

A thick fog blanketed most of south-east Queensland on Tuesday morning, causing more problems on the road and ferries.

Visibility was down to 100 metres around Archerfield in Brisbane's south-west.

Some CityCat services were delayed by up to half an hour, angering commuters.

Aaron Micallef was annoyed he was not able to catch his ferry at the Regatta stop.

"Got a meeting to make," Mr Micallef said, checking his watch.

"At least we're in a good spot we can pick up a bus, hopefully with the bus strikes."

Grace Buckner was left looking for another way to university.

"Probably have to catch the bus now … I wish they told us about it earlier," she said.


© ABC 2017

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