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Parties broker train truce

May 8, 2017News

The industrial dispute which has triggered grain freight chaos in Victoria is far from resolved but warring parties Pacific National (PN) and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) have brokered a truce which will see grain trains return to work.

PN and the RTBU have agreed that all industrial action will cease for an eight week period starting tomorrow (Saturday) except for minor bans relating to shunting at docks in Melbourne and training duties.

The news has been welcomed by grain bulk handlers and exporters, however they warn the lost shipping capacity caused by trains not operating will be difficult to make up.

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