PSV workers rally ‘round new body
The Public Service Vehicle Workers’ Association (PSVWA), the unofficial name of the new PSV representative organisation, plans on championing the views of PSV workers in a way that the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) and the Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) could not.
Speaking to THE NATION on Thursday at the Constitution River Terminal, interim public relations officer of the group, which formed on Wednesday, Fabian Wharton, said the APTO and AOPT were too bureaucratic in their approach of addressing issues facing the PSV industry.
“Their viewpoint is strictly from an owner’s perspective, while ours is from the person who spends the hours, days and weeks in the trenches providing the service,” he said. “So they have a high-level view and we have an operator’s view. We are the persons who interact with the public so our concerns are different to that of the owners. There are concerns that would be shared
by both but affect each group in a different way.”
However, Wharton said that it would take a collaborative effort by all three organisations to solve the issues confronting the sector. (SB)
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