Throw­ing driv­ers un­der the bus

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil says it seeks best value for money when award­ing the new con­tract for run­ning our buses.

I won­der how it will mea­sure ‘‘best value’’.

There is a lot more to be­ing a bus driver than man­ag­ing the con­trols.

For pas­sen­gers, es­pe­cially if they are vis­i­tors or have chil­dren in push chairs or lots of lug­gage, it counts a lot to have a friendly and help­ful Grant Nis­bett and is ob­vi­ously psy­chic be­cause he can tell us what moves the All Blacks are about to make be­fore they hap­pen, and of­ten very wrong.

Why does it take a side­line re­porter to tell us who is com­ing off the bench when the main com­men­ta­tors can see ev­ery­thing ei­ther live or on screens in front of them?

The two pre­sen­ters on foot­ball’s Euro 2016 can tell us in a more pro­fes­sional way all we need to know. driver. I would imag­ine it takes a spe­cial skill to be the driver of a bus full of chil­dren.

Our bus driv­ers are some of the key peo­ple mak­ing Welling­ton a friendly and ef­fi­cient city. On top of that, it is a highly responsible po­si­tion to have the lives of a bus full of peo­ple on Welling­ton’s dif­fi­cult streets.

‘‘Best value’’ in­volves far more than bean count­ing. back and for­ward sev­eral times, and have Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship.

In these pe­ri­ods of time, I have seen the Bri­tish way of life destroyed by end­less, it seems, im­mi­gra­tion, from ev­ery­where.

Most Bri­tish peo­ple will tell you they have had a gutsful of the end­less stream of these peo­ple, some le­gal and many il­le­gal en­ter­ing the coun­try.

Many of these im­mi­grants are coached by peo­ple and told what they are en­ti­tled to and how to go about get­ting it when they are suc­cess­ful in get­ting in.

Of course, as with any elec­tion, it is likely most peo­ple won’t have a clue what they are vot­ing for, but I would wa­ger those vot­ing for ‘out’ did so on the ba­sis of im­mi­gra­tion.

The thing is, many of these peo­ple are not refugees, but

I think it is noth­ing short of ex­ploita­tion that Go Bus driv­ers don’t even re­ceive the liv­ing wage.

The coun­cil must make it ob­vi­ous it val­ues our driv­ers by en­sur­ing that they con­tinue to re­ceive at least the $20.97 an hour they presently get paid.

The coun­cil is responsible for far more than man­ag­ing the money. Pe­tone [abridged] fi­nan­cial im­mi­grants, want­ing a cushier life, at the ex­pense of the peo­ple in those coun­tries.

I just hope the politi­cians in Bri­tain have the fore­sight to make the exit work and rule for the ben­e­fit of the Bri­tish peo­ple.

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