Tuesday 18th Feb, 2020

Metro Trains Melbourne workers plan industrial action

Photo: RailGallery.com.au

The Rail Tram and Bus Union has warned Metro Trains Melbourne of industrial action to begin next week, as negotiations continue towards a new pay agreement for workers.

The RTBU on Monday formally gave notice of planned action, after 99 per cent of relevant members voted in favour of protected action last week.

Next week workers will take part in action like refusing to sell and check myki tickets, refusing to skip stations and run alternate services, refusing to wear uniforms, and bans on things like short arrivals and departures.

“Negotiations are ongoing, and the RTBU will not rest until a fair and reasonable deal is reached for members,” the union said on its Facebook page.

According to multiple reports, the operator – Metro Trains – is offering annual pay rises of 2 per cent as part of the deal, while the RTBU wants 6 per cent pay rises.

“Our members will be making efforts to minimise the impact on the travelling public, sharpening the focus on the company where it hurts most,” RTBU Victoria branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch said last week.

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