Bus routes in Fremantle, Joondalup and Rockingham are set to be disrupted by industrial action on Thursday morning, while some services may not run at all.
Bus drivers, who are members of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), are taking the action against contractor Transdev over wages and job security.
Spokesman for the Public Transport Authority, David Hynes said people in the affected areas needed to be prepared.
“There are difficulties in knowing exactly what is going to be affected,” Mr Hynes said.
“Be aware there’s going to be real problems tomorrow, they probably won’t be running. The official stop work is from 6:00am until 10:00am.
“That probably means buses won’t be back on the roads and running as normal before about lunchtime.”
Transdev said it cannot predict how many drivers will turn up for work but only about half were union members. (ABC News)
School children to be prioritised
Around half of Transdev’s drivers are not union members but the company said it did not know who would turn up for work.
Transdev’s Managing Director in Perth, Ben Smith said buses that helped children get to school would be given priority.
“It’s only 45 per cent of our drivers, it’s only a small collective … or smallish collective … who are able to take the action,” he said.
“The majority of our drivers, we do expect them to turn up.”
Mr Smith said the company would minimise the impact with additional services but that alternative arrangements should be made because a guarantee could not be provided that a bus would arrive.
The State Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union, Tim Dawson said matters were in the hands of the company.
“You know this is all on the heads of Transdev,” Mr Dawson said.
“It’s Transdev that are not being reasonable. The bus drivers, all they want to do is sit down and have meaningful discussions and the company come to the table with a reasonable offer.”