Up to 3500 State Transit bus drivers from 12 depots across Sydney won't turn on Opal machines on Thursday and will wear 'loud and colourful' shirts in protest at the transport minister's plan to privatise services.
Two weeks ago Andrew Constance announced the NSW government would privatise bus services in the city's inner west, resulting in angry drivers taking last-minute strike action which created commuter chaos during peak hours.
"This 'Fare Free Day' is about telling commuters that Andrew Constance is selling their local buses without their consent or approval" Rail, Tram and Bus union, bus division president David Woollams said in a statement on Thursday.
"The 'expressions of interest' period for private bus operators has been brought forward and closes today 1 June, after only being open for just one week," he said.
On Wednesday Mr Contsance said they had not ruled out further privatisation of Sydney bus services, saying they would start with privatising inner west bus services, and "see how it goes".