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V/Line industrial action set to continue

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Industrial action at regional passenger rail operator V/Line will continue on Monday 19 February with the third four-hour work stoppage this month.

The RTBU is now seeking urgent intervention from the Allan State Government to resolve this dispute.

RTBU Branch Secretary Vik Sharma said V/Line workers are seeking fair and reasonable Enterprise Agreement.

“The continuing industrial actions will regrettably impact regional commuters and will cause significant disruptions to services on those days,” he said.

“The RTBU has been trying to negotiate with V/Line management since June last year, and workers have been taking industrial action since December.

“V/Line strikes will continue until the Allan State Government recognises that regional jobs are as important s city jobs.

“This stalemate at V/Line has gone for too long – we call on the Allan State Government to intervene and sort this out as quickly as possible,” Sharma said.

Operations staff including conductors, train controllers, stations and customer service staff, authorised officers, stop work between 3am and 7am, which will bring the network to a halt and have a significant impact on services into the afternoon.

The entire V/Line network across the state will be affected.

The RTBU has provided V/Line with ample notice to have the outstanding matters resolved whilst providing the travelling public with maximum notice to make alternative travel arrangements for the day.