Industrial Action As Sydney Train Drivers Strike Over Pay Dispute
Public transport chaos
A major disruption to the cities trains and light rail service will be felt across the city on Tuesday as drivers’ strike for better pay and conditions.
Disputes with unions and the state government remain at loggerheads over negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.
Delays are expected as early as 7am and are not expected to return to normal until around 5pm.
Transport for NSW chief operations officer Howard Collins urged Sydney commuters to avoid using all public transport if possible.
“Please find alternative means to travel, if you don’t have to travel tomorrow, please ensure you stay at home or use alternative means,”
- Howard Collins
The Rail Tram and Bus Union is asking for a 3.5 per cent wage increase, however, the state government is only offering 0.3 per cent for the first year.
Other issues on the table include the restructuring of roles, outsourcing of professional 'deep cleaners', and the lack of mandatory on-site COVID-19 testing.
Meanwhile, replacement bus routes are limited throughout Sydney, while some NSW TrainLink Regional services will be cancelled all together.
Alternatively, people are encouraged to work from home if possible, however for essential workers, the recommendation is to drive, use bus or ferry services, or even ride a bike.
Details of the available replacement bus routes can be found here.
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