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Melbourne's Train Network Could Soon be Affected by a 48-Hour Strike

The Rail Tram and Bus Union will vote on whether to take industrial action, in the midst of tense negotiations with Metro Trains.
By Libby Curran
June 20, 2019
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Melbourne's Train Network Could Soon be Affected by a 48-Hour Strike

The Rail Tram and Bus Union will vote on whether to take industrial action, in the midst of tense negotiations with Metro Trains.
By Libby Curran
June 20, 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 filed an application with the Fair Work Commission to stop work for up to 48 hours, in response to ongoing, failed negotiations with Metro Trains.

A strike could see frontline and back-of-house Metro staff taking industrial action for a couple of days, 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 few months. And, if you're a public transport regular, you'll know for sure it won't be pretty.

Josie Withers for Visit Victoria

The current workplace agreement for frontline Metro staff expires on June 30 and the RTBU has been negotiating a new one, gunning to retain current working conditions and achieve a wage increase that's better aligned with the current cost of living.

With the industrial application lodged, members are now set to vote on whether or not they'll go ahead with the strike, as negotiations continue.

"Metro must understand the importance of the employees doing the hard work to keep Melbourne moving," RTBU branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch said in a statement. "While industrial action will remain a last resort, the RTBU will keep pushing for a genuine offer."

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

Image: Josie Withers for Visit Victoria

Published on June 20, 2019 by Libby Curran

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