Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
MELBOURNE'S rail maintenance staff will take a 48-hour strike in the lead-up to the Caulfield Cup, in a move likely to disrupt some racegoers.
Four unions are locked in a dispute with Metro Trains over pay and conditions, and have already taken a series of lawful stoppages in a bid to pressure the rail operator to offer workers a better deal.
The stoppages have not yet had a major impact on the city's train services, but are expected to gradually see more trains being taken out of service — with only "safety critical" work being done on days when maintenance staff take strike action.
There is already a 24-hour strike planned for next week, followed by the 48-hour ban on maintenance in the two days leading up to the Caulfield Cup on October 20.
An Electrical Trades Union organiser said this afternoon that the ban on work being done in the two days before the Caulfield Cup would likely disrupt some services. "All of the safety critical work will continue to be done though," he said.
He said the unions involved did not want to hurt passengers, but instead wanted Metro Trains to make them a better offer.
The four unions involved are the ETU, the Rail Tram and Bus Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia.
Metro Trains and these unions have been negotiating over a new pay deal for several weeks. The unions say the rail operator's executive in charge of train maintenance has repeatedly threatened to outsource much work to external contractors if a deal cannot be reached with existing staff.
A spokeswoman for Metro Trains, Geraldine Mitchell, said this afternoon that the operator had been advised by the union of the planned strike action ahead of the Caulfield Cup.
"We're now seeking clarification that all safety critical work and emergency work will be covered throughout the planned 24-hour stoppage next [week]," she said.
"We've managed to keep the network operating during previous stoppages and we intend to keep this railway running provided it doesn't affect safety," Ms Mitchell said.
She said negotiations over a new Enterprise Agreement with the four unions were continuing, and that Metro Trains was committed to reaching a fair agreement.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2019 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.