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Victoria's regional rail services could face more disruptions with workers threatening to go on strike over failed enterprise bargaining negotiations.
V/Line workers have asked the Fair Work Commission for permission to vote on industrial action which could include one-hour to 48-hour strikes.
It mirrors an industrial dispute by Metro's infrastructure workers who threatened to shut down Melbourne's train network.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said she was disappointed with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union as she believed negotiations were close to being resolved.
"The job at hand here is to focus on the issue and the issue is insisting that regional passengers do not have their travel disrupted," she said.
Country rail passengers have already endured months of disruptions and cancelled services because of wheel wear and boom gate problems.
Opposition's Public Transport spokesman David Hodgett said Victorians deserve better.
"Commuters are facing a total shutdown of Metro and V/Line over this pay dispute," he said.
"The unions are plotting strikes across the transport network.
"It's not good enough and Jacinta Allan certainly has the reverse Midas touch when it comes to a Transport Minister."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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