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Melbourne's trains will stop for four hours later this month as the rail union escalates its fight against Metro Trains for better pay.
Metro Trains has received notification from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union that train drivers will walk off the job between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday, August 27.
Melbourne's trains will grind to a halt for four hours on August 27.CREDIT:CRAIG ABRAHAM
It comes hours after Metro took the union to the Federal Court, in a bid to seek an injunction to stop workers from keeping barriers open on the next two Mondays as workers fight for a 6 per cent annual wage rise, while Metro is offering 2 per cent.
On Monday August 12, and Monday August 19, Metro staff plan to keep ticket barriers open, refuse to check tickets, wear uniforms or perform last-minute changes to services, in a dispute over the company's three-year wage deal.
Metro argued in the Federal Court on Friday that the union's plans would hit the train operator on one of its busiest days - Monday.
The company said that in terms of revenue, Monday is its "highest day".
The network carries more than 820,000 commuters on an average weekday.
"Myki revenue makes up a very substantial portion of Metro Trains Melbourne's revenue and Monday is the highest day," said Frank Parry, QC, the barrister represtening Metro.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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