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Commuters are set to face more delays and cancellations with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) confirming two 24-hour stop works in the coming fortnight.
But at this stage, Ballarat line commuters have been spared any major delays with no action at this stage planned on the Ballarat timetable.
The RTBU confirmed on Tuesday morning that a 24-hour stoppage will be held on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines on January 29, while a 24-hour stoppage is also scheduled for the Bendigo and Swan Hill lines on February 7.
V/Line staff will also put an indefinite ban on working overtime on Monday and Friday's from January 31.
RTBU branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch said negotiations regarding conditions in a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement between the union, V/Line and the state government continued to go around in circles.
"We're not getting anywhere, we need a circuit breaker," said Ms Grigorovitch said. "We're trying to find middle ground but V/Line have demonstrated they are unwilling to compromise.
"We don't take any action lightly and ultimately would prefer it be avoided, but RTBU members are fed up and the public deserves a way forward."
Ms Grigorovitch said In order to minimise impact on commuters the RTBU will be ensuring any trains in service at midnight on January 29 and February 7 February 2020 will continue without disruption until they reach their destination.
This article first appeared on www.thecourier.com.au
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