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Bus union say drivers 'too upset to work'

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Many Brisbane bus drivers will be too upset to work following a fatal attack on a council driver who was set alight at the wheel, the union says.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union Queensland state secretary Tom Brown said the 29-year-old's death on Friday morning was a terrible tragedy.

Mr Brown said grief councillors would be available at bus depots including the main station in Sherwood.

"Many will be too upset to work," Mr Brown said.

"The safety of our members remains our first priority."

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the driver was a casual worker who had only been employed for a few months.

Mr Quirk said flags would be flown half-mast at council facilities on Saturday as a sign of respect for the victim.

Council bus driver Craig Brown, who is still receiving counselling after being attacked on the job by an ice addict in November, said there should be nation-wide strike action.

"I believe the line has been drawn in the sand and it's a point of no return," he said in a Facebook post.

"Today has really shaken me up. It's just rattled me to my core."

Mr Brown said council buses have duress alarms and CCTV for driver safety but were not fitted with screens or driver cages like in some other states.

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