ALMOST 25,000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW Government to scrap its plans to privatise an Inner West bus route.
The proposal has been slammed by unions and NSW Labor, who say it will result in job losses and have called on the Minister to abandon privatisation plans.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance argues that Bus Region 6, which services suburbs from the city west to Strathfield and Olympic Park, should be tendered to ensure extra and more reliable services for commuters.
Minister Constance announced in May that the Inner West services attracted the highest number of complaints in the metropolitan area, well above the results of bordering regions operated by private industry.
State Labor MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, has tabled in Parliament a second 10,000 signature petition opposed to the plans. The signatures are on top of the 14,000 signatures previously collected by bus drivers and will force the Minister to front the Parliament in two separate debates to defend his decision.
"The Inner West is united against the privatisation of our Inner West buses," Ms Haylen said."These 10,000 signatures are a testament to just how strongly the Inner West opposes these plans."