Major disruptions to Metro bus services on Friday 11 August

Published 4/08/2023

Update 11/8 10:30am — Route 29 is running to its regular schedule and some other trips are still operating. Please check for real-time updates.

Please plan ahead and if you can, consider taking an alternative form of transport to work or school on this day.

Major service disruptions are expected for Metro buses in Greater Christchurch on Friday 11 August from 9am to 3pm while drivers attend a stop-work meeting related to fair pay agreements.

Most bus services will not be operating from 11am-1pm while drivers from both of our bus operators attend the meeting.

Some services are likely to be impacted from 9am as buses start to come off route, and we expect all services to be operating as normal by 3pm.

Metro school services and Diamond Harbour ferry services will not be affected.

The stop-work meeting is part of the bargaining process for a proposed Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) for workers in the bus industry. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment approved an application to initiate this on 27 March 2023, and it is the first FPA application approved for bargaining since the law came into effect on 1 December 2022.

The Fair Pay Agreements system brings together unions and employer associations within a sector to bargain for minimum employment terms for all covered employees in an industry or occupation.

We will post any further updates here and on our Facebook page. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.