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Information regarding the recent contribution for bus driver wages in Waikato

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

I read recently that NZTA and the Waikato Regional Council are putting in around $700,000 per year in order to provide a living wage of $21.15 to bus drivers who are members of First Union.

As the NZTA is a central authority, I find it a bit concerning that the NZTA is providing wages for employees of a private company (Go Bus Limited), though I definitely do see value in encouraging more drivers given the national skill shortage in the industry.

I would like to request the following information:
- The exact yearly figure that NZTA is contributing for the Waikato bus drivers
- How many years that NZTA will be contributing
- How are any increases or decreases to that amount decided
- How is the money distributed (ie, does NZTA pay Go Bus Limited directly, or is there an escrow)
- All correspondence with Go Bus Limited in regards to the bus driver pay dispute.
- All correspondence with Waitkato Regional Council in regards to the bus driver pay dispute

In addition, I would like to request the following information:
- For all other private bus companies in New Zealand that NZTA contributes funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for the purpose of increasing driver pay rates
- For all other public transport organisations (for example, Auckland Transport, Metlink/Greater Wellington Regional Council) that NZTA contributes funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for the purpose of increasing driver pay rates
- For all bus driver union organisations in New Zealand that NZTA contributes funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for the purpose of increasing driver pay rates
- For all private bus companies, public transport organisations, or bus driver union organisations in New Zealand, all correspondence between NZTA and that organisation in regards to driver pay disputes.

Further, I would like to request information on any upcoming pay dispute settlements involving NZTA around New Zealand.

Finally, if there are no other organisations that NZTA are providing funds to, or in the planning process of providing funds to, then I would like to request a bit of information on how NZTA is providing the entire country with value with this agreement with First Union and/or Waikato Regional Council and/or Go Bus Limited.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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Dear Hugh

 

This email acknowledges your below request for information made under the
Official Information Act 1982.

 

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate section of the
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has been transferred to another organisation to respond to. Unless more
time is required, the Transport Agency will send a response to you within
20 working days of receiving your request – in this instance on or before
22 October 2019.

 

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From: Hugh Davenport <[FOI #11282 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, 24 September 2019 3:53 PM
To: Official Correspondence <[NZTA request email]>
Subject: Official Information request - Information regarding the recent
contribution for bus driver wages in Waikato

 

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

 

I read recently that NZTA and the Waikato Regional Council are putting in
around $700,000 per year in order to provide a living wage of $21.15 to
bus drivers who are members of First Union.

 

As the NZTA is a central authority, I find it a bit concerning that the
NZTA is providing wages for employees of a private company (Go Bus
Limited), though I definitely do see value in encouraging more drivers
given the national skill shortage in the industry.

 

I would like to request the following information:

- The exact yearly figure that NZTA is contributing for the Waikato bus
drivers

- How many years that NZTA will be contributing

- How are any increases or decreases to that amount decided

- How is the money distributed (ie, does NZTA pay Go Bus Limited directly,
or is there an escrow)

- All correspondence with Go Bus Limited in regards to the bus driver pay
dispute.

- All correspondence with Waitkato Regional Council in regards to the bus
driver pay dispute

 

In addition, I would like to request the following information:

- For all other private bus companies in New Zealand that NZTA contributes
funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for the purpose of
increasing driver pay rates

- For all other public transport organisations (for example, Auckland
Transport, Metlink/Greater Wellington Regional Council) that NZTA
contributes funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for
the purpose of increasing driver pay rates

- For all bus driver union organisations in New Zealand that NZTA
contributes funds to, the amount of money that NZTA is contributing for
the purpose of increasing driver pay rates

- For all private bus companies, public transport organisations, or bus
driver union organisations in New Zealand, all correspondence between NZTA
and that organisation in regards to driver pay disputes.

 

Further, I would like to request information on any upcoming pay dispute
settlements involving NZTA around New Zealand.

 

Finally, if there are no other organisations that NZTA are providing funds
to, or in the planning process of providing funds to, then I would like to
request a bit of information on how NZTA is providing the entire country
with value with this agreement with First Union and/or Waikato Regional
Council and/or Go Bus Limited.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Hugh Davenport

 

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Dear Hugh

 

Please find attached a letter advising of an extension to your request for
information under the Official Information Act 1982 of 24 September 2019.

 

A response will now be sent to you on or before 13 November 2019.

 

Regards

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Ministerial Services

Government – Engagement & Partnerships

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
National Office / 50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 
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Dear Official Correspondence,

Sure thing. If there is any way I can help reduce the scope to make it more manageable, feel free to reach out.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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Dear Hugh

 

Please find attached the response to your request of 24 September 2019 for
information under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Due to the large size of the attachments, we will have to send you a
separate link to a OneDrive folder to access the documents being released
to you.

 

Could we please be provided with your personal email address to enable us
to do so?

 

Regards

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Ministerial Services

Government | Engagement & Partnerships

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
National Office / 50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 
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