More strikes, more often: Commuter pain to continue

February 1, 2024 6:39 am in by
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MORE strike action is set to disrupt Geelong commuters again as the bitter pay dispute between V/LIine at the Rail, Tram and Bus Union reaches boiling point.

Workers are set walk off the job twice a week soon, as the RBTU continues to fight for better and conditions.

More early morning strikes could start as soon as February 12 and roll on for the following fortnight.

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The planned industrial action follows two major strikes in recent months which caused major delays and headaches for Geelong commuters who travel to Melbourne for work.

Staff walked off the job between 3am and 7am a week ago on January 25, which followed similar action back in December, causing major disruption across the V/Line network.

“Cost of living pressures are not just felt by metropolitan families – they are hurting regional Victorians as well,” RTBU Branch Secretary Vik Sharma said

“If the Allan Labor Government cares about regional Victorians at all, it needs to step up immediately and ensure regional rail workers are treated fairly,” he said.

“We intend to continue these actions into the future unless satisfactory progress is made on a new Enterprise Agreement.

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“The industrial actions will have a significant impact on services on those days.  We recommend that commuters make alternative travel arrangements for those days, or work from home if they are able to.”

The next round of industrial action is set to see non-driving grades walk off the job again between 3am and 7am, with the RBTU saying the entire V/Line network across the state will be affected.

V/Line at the RBTU remain divided over a new agreement around rostering hours and pay.


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