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Melbourne's 48-Hour Train Network Strike Is Likely to Go Ahead

The Rail Tram and Bus Union has voted to take industrial action, in the midst of tense negotiations with Metro Trains.
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
July 30, 2019
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Melbourne's 48-Hour Train Network Strike Is Likely to Go Ahead

The Rail Tram and Bus Union has voted to take industrial action, in the midst of tense negotiations with Metro Trains.
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
July 30, 2019
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Catching public transport can be frustrating at the best of times, but there could be even more painful commutes ahead as Victoria's public transport union gears up for a big ol' strike. The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has voted to proceed with industrial action, with 99 percent of members in favour of the strike, in response to ongoing, failed negotiations with Metro Trains.

A strike could see frontline and back-of-house Metro staff taking industrial action for up to 48 hours, refusing to wear uniforms, check Myki cards, make announcements or alter timetables — which could lead to some serious train chaos.

There's no word yet on when this would happen, though it'd likely take place in the next 30 days. And, if you're a public transport regular, you'll know for sure it won't be pretty.

#UnitedWeStand #RTBU

Posted by RTBU Victoria on Sunday, 28 July 2019

The RTBU has been negotiating a new wage deal with Metro Trains for months, and have been gunning to improve working conditions and achieve a wage increase that's better aligned with the current cost of living.

According to the AgeMetro Trains wants a two percent annual wage increase, whereas the RTBU is asking for a six percent pay rise. Rail workers and the Metro Trains are also at odds over pay for extra hours worked and wages for station staff.

We'll keep you updated if and when the strike goes ahead.

Image: Josie Withers for Visit Victoria

Published on July 30, 2019 by Libby Curran

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