Hundreds of Victorian bus drivers have again picketed at their depots in another day of industrial action calling for better wages, leaving many commuters to find an alternative afternoon ride home.
More than 70 bus routes in Melbourne's eastern and western suburbs, Geelong and Ballarat came to a stop on Friday afternoon as drivers, employed by government contractor CDC Victoria, refused to work.
Drivers want a four per cent wage and one per cent superannuation increase as part of their new enterprise bargaining agreement.
Rick Smith, who has been driving for about eight years, told AAP at the Oakleigh South depot they had not been given a pay rise in years and they were "fair people who want a decent pay".
"It (strike) will stop when they come to the party. We are not far from it," he said with confidence.
"This is for the greater good, we'll do it until the cows come home if we have to."
About 600 drivers took strike action on Tuesday after negotiations stalled despite a two-hour meeting on Monday between the union and CDC.
Transport Workers Union national vice-president John Berger said it was the first time in 20 years bus drivers had taken industrial action, and he did not rule out further strikes next week.
"We are disappointed that despite our application to the Fair Work Commission for mediation, the TWU are proceeding with more industrial action on Friday," CDC Victoria chief executive Nicholas Yap said.