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Commuters asked to stay home as V/Line shuts down

January 25, 2024 5:49 am in by
Geelong train station (R McDonald/Geelong Broadcasters)

GEELONG commuters are being reminded about Thursday mornings V/Line industrial action, heavily impacting peak hour train services.

All services up until 7.00am have been cancelled, with flow on effects expected throughout the morning and even into the afternoon.

The strike action follows a similar stance taken by the RTBU in December, as V/Line workers rally for better pay and conditions as well as increased job security.

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Union representatives and V/Line are asking locals who usually catch the train to seek alternative transport, or stay home for the day with traffic between Geelong and Melbourne also set to be impacted by the service cancellations.

V/Line CEO Matt Carrick slammed the RBTU for striking again, saying industrial action is unnecessary and unhelpful in reaching an agreement.

“This is really disappointing, because we thought progress was being made,” he said.

“So that’s why the strike action is really unhelpful. It doesn’t help anybody by going on strike.

“V/Line is going through a jobs expansion phase at the moment, so it’s unreasonable I think to be fear mongering about job losses, because we’re adding people at V/Line, we’re not putting them off.

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Passengers should check the V/Line website, Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) pages for the latest information.

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