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Sydney train drivers are among the most unproductive in the world, triggering calls for NSW transport to fine inefficient staff.
A NSW Transport 'performance update' found driver efficiency on Sydney trains is behind Europe, the US and Asia, with drivers in the state's capital working just 18 minutes per hour.
Australia's chief infrastructure policy body has called on NSW transport to start issuing fines to tackle the amount of time drivers spend idly on the job.
According to the reports, drivers in Europe and North America spent more than 30 minutes an hour behind the controls, while drivers in Asia spent just under 30 minutes.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia chief executive Brendan Lyon told Daily Mail Australia the Rail, Tram and Bus Union needs to urgently update its delivery model.
'The RTBU is running a 19th century industrial relations system. We urgently need to modernise the rail system and better manage the delivery of services.’
Part of the inefficiency is believed to stem from a relaxed attitude towards split shifts and variable shift lengths which results in drivers waiting around on the job.
'If we were to outsource management of the network to an international company - as was done by the Melbourne Metro - it increases accountability on the management.
He said one of the measures that would be taken by outsourcing was fines for operators if for running inefficient networks.
Australia's chief infrastructure policy body has called on NSW transport to fine inefficient staff to tackle the amount of time drivers spend idly in between shifts
'They would find a better model for rostering. If they could be slapped with a fine for running an inefficient network, that's a good incentive to stay organised..'
Last month the Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW hit back at 'offensive' allegations their staff were inefficient.
'To suggest that we're sitting around doing nothing is not only completely untrue, but also incredibly offensive to the state's hardworking and dedicated crew,' said the union's secretary Alex Claassens.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Infrastructure Partnerships Australia for comment.
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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