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Melbourne's trams could grind to a halt for up to 48 hours after hundreds of tram drivers and customer service staff voted to take strike action.
About 1500 members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union are preparing to take industrial action that may include walking off the job. They could also refuse to wear uniforms, accept roster changes or do voluntary overtime.
Melbourne's tram drivers are set to vote on strike action on Thursday afternoon.CREDIT:WAYNE TAYLOR
The tram drivers' move follows the announcement by train drivers and station workers that they will be taking industrial action against Metro Trains as tensions rise about their three-year wage deal.
Commuters will be able to ride trains for free on the next two Mondays because Metro workers will keep train station barriers open.
Ninety-nine per cent of the RTBU's tram and bus division endorsed protected industrial action on Thursday afternoon as they fight for a 6 per cent annual pay rise over the next three years.
Yarra Trams is understood to have offered workers 3 per cent a year.
Tram drivers may also refuse to make any last-minute changes to timetables, including short-shunting tram services, which helps the company reach its performance targets at the expense of commuters.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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