Unions are calling for Auckland’s bus services to be nationalised, as the majority of the city’s operators are now owned by foreign investors, Stuff reports. First Union assistant general secretary Louisa Jones said the transfer of bus services to private foreign capital raised “obvious questions” about why public services like these weren’t New Zealand-owned. It was in investors’ interests to run services on the “smallest possible operating cost”, she said. This meant drivers’ pay and conditions were “constantly vulnerable to exploitation” and the experience of passengers was secondary to profits.

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