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Melbourne trains industrial dispute

Jan 30, 2020Update

Inadequate training from Melbourne’s Metro has resulted in a stand off between RTBU Victoria and the Melbourne Metro rail operator.

Almost 50 drivers have been stood down for saying no to driving services along a certain part of the track saying they haven’t had the proper training to do so.

Drivers have grave concerns for the safety of passengers, refusing to drive services until they feel that they can adequately pilot the service without relying on a 10-minute instructional video.

“Instead of addressing driver concerns, the Melbourne Metro authorities have clearly decided to put commuters at risk. All the union is asking for is an additional 16 minutes of training which is a simple ask,” said RTBU NSW Loco Division Secretary Bob Hayden.

“Drivers know what they’re doing and they’re confident in their abilities. Management can’t expect them to drive confidently on a new track without having ever experienced it before. We fully support our Melbourne members in this fight.”

Click here to read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.