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MELBOURNE’S train passengers should buckle up for commuter chaos with the Victoria’s transport union lodging for industrial action.
Among action proposed is free travel, stop work meetings, no station skipping, and refusing to test new technology and not running trains.
The Herald Sun can reveal the Rail, Tram and Bus Union lodged its paperwork on Wednesday morning with the Fair Work Commission for protected industrial action.
Metro and union are at loggerheads over pay and conditions that will from part of the new enterprise bargaining agreement.
RTBU secretary Luba Grigorovitch said the actions was taken because Metro was “dragging its feet” and using delay tactics to stall negotiations in an attempt to remove conditions.
“While we would have preferred to avoid the path of industrial action, Metro’s refusal to bargain in good faith has left our members no other option. This industrial action is aimed at Metro — not the travelling public,” Ms Grigorovitch said.
“Our objective is to minimise impact the travelling public as much as possible. While stopping trains is an absolute last resort, the RTBU will keep pushing for no further delays.”
Among the RTBU’s list of demands are an 18 per cent pay rise over three years, a union picnic day, public holiday rates to be paid even if not rostered to work, rostered days off for all employees, families entitled to discount train travel on Metro and V/Line services.
Ticket inspectors also want an EFTPOS allowance for having to charge the machines at home for which they use for on-the-spot fines and also a plainclothes allowance for when they go undercover.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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