Ministers hold urgent talks with union to head off Sydney train disruptions
By Matt O'Sullivan
Sydney commuters face widespread disruptions to train services next week after the rail union threatened to escalate industrial action due to a breakdown in talks over the safety of the state’s new $2.88 billion intercity train fleet.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) accused the government of stalling tactics after a key post-budget meeting scheduled for Friday morning with government ministers and senior transport agency officials was cancelled.
However, Transport Minister David Elliott and Employee Relations Minister Damien Tudehope have now agreed to speak with senior union officials at a hastily arranged meeting at 5pm on Friday in central Sydney.
Earlier, RTBU state secretary Alex Claassens said members would escalate industrial action next week because of the government’s stalling tactics and “constant backflips” over fixing the …
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