The Transport Workers Union says a series of redundancies of bus drivers at Christian's Bus Ballarat is concerning, but it hopes all drivers will be able to retain their jobs going forward.
It is understood that nine bus drivers will be, or have already been, made redundant due to the lack of charter bus groups in recent months caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it is also understood that all of the drivers will be offered an opportunity to remain as casual staff going forward, but it is not known whether full-time employment will return once the pandemic is over.
Gold Bus Ballarat and associated business Bacchus Marsh Coaches were purchased by Christian's Bus Company in September last year.
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Operations including school routes, urban and regional transport have continued to operate as normal during the past few months. However, charter groups and tourist operations have not been able to continue at usual rates.
Transport Workers Union branch secretary John Berger said public transport had been one of the hardest hit by the shutdowns.
"This merger has come about during an already turbulent time for so many," Mr Berger said.
"Right now, workers are seeking security - in their work, home life and health. We know that this pandemic has disproportionately impacted Australian workers.
"Public transport workers will be fundamental in returning our communities to work and to connecting people in every other part of their lives."
Christian's Bus Ballarat did not respond to requests for comment when contacted by The Courier.
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