Bus operators in Australia frequently rely on casual staff to fill the driver’s seat, however in the UK one major bus operator has moved away from the practise.
Stagecoach UK is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, they say moving forward all their driving staff will be either full-time or part-time employees.
The Coach and Bus Week publication reports that the operation has written to casual staff saying they will no longer employ casual driving staff because…
“We are unable to monitor what a casual employee does outside these casual hours, as such we cannot determine whether someone would be 100% fit/rested for work that day or not”.
“In light of events in one of the Stagecoach subsidiary companies, UK Bus has determined that they will no longer employ driving staff on a casual basis.”
They say their existing casual workers are being offered employment on a full-time or part-time basis.
The part-time work would require the employee to work at least one day per week.
Run a bus or truck business and employ casuals? Can you see your operation moving to only full-time or part-time drivers?
Is the flexibility of using casuals a necessity for the road transport industry?
Is it easier to find casual drivers?
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