Sydney Trains: Workers strike in move that will 'shut down the city'

Sydney Trains: Workers strike in move that will 'shut down the city'

State Government officials are likely to organise bus services to replace train services affected by the strike action.

The bad way management and the NSW Government are willing to treat its hard-working employees has been laid bare for everyone to see lately.

In addition to the 24-hour strike, rail workers will wear campaign clothing and badges from Friday before implementing an indefinite ban on overtime that would begin on 25 January, the day before the Australia Day long weekend.

"Workers are being stretched to capacity trying to deliver the shambolic new timetable, and now on top of all of this they're being told they can't be guaranteed fair conditions or pay".

Why are train workers going on strike?

Sydney Trains workers have announced they will be going on strike following a breakdown in negotiations between the train union and rail management.

He said the government was willing to give a 2.5% pay rise to Sydney and NSW train drivers, in accordance with its wages policy.

Mr Constance said it would end up being the taxpayer covering the costs if the union were successful in their request.

The rail workers are seeking a 6% pay rise and better conditions and drivers will stop working overtime from next Thursday, just before Australia Day, risking more problems around the national holiday.

"We're incredibly disappointed we've had to get to this point", Mr Claassens said.


It's very easy to complain about public transport in a major city, but even those used to the usual CityRail shambles have to concede that last week's combination of lightning strikes, staff shortages, and delayed/cancelled trains was one of the more memorable travel clusterfucks the city has seen in a while.

He also suggested it is the union bosses who are letting them down and not the government.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian apologised to commuters for the delays and said if "permanent tweaks" were needed to Sydney's new more intensive train timetable "then we'll make them".

'That will have an impact on the network... we are working on those contingency plans now, ' he told reporters.

"I just want customers to appreciate we are doing everything we can to build a modern railway network", she said.

The union met with Sydney Trains management on Tuesday to discuss another gripe - the new train timetable implemented in November a year ago.

Mr Constance suggested union's decision to take strike action as "bizarre" and warned it would bring thousands of commuters to a grinding halt.

Union secretary Alex Classens said while the results indicate strong support for striking, industrial action was still a "last resort".

He wouldn't rule out taking the matter to court to protect customers.

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