November 27, 2006 12:00am
CONNEX will fine protesters who follow union advice and try to travel to Thursday's huge MCG rally without a ticket.
The ACTU has declared that anyone travelling to the industrial relations protest can ride free on public transport.
However Connex has warned it will be business as usual on Thursday, with inspectors issuing fines to anyone without a valid ticket.
A Connex spokeswoman said the ACTU should reconsider before it advises people to break the law.
"At the moment the union hasn't approached Connex," Kate De Clerq said. "But before they have worked out a deal with us, they certainly shouldn't be encouraging people not to have a ticket on Thursday."
Despite the potential for fare evasion fines on Thursday, ACTU president Sharan Burrow was adamant that union influence would see protesters given a free ride.
"It'll be free, the venue will be free, the trains will be free, the buses will be free," she said.
"If there's any lingering issues we will sort them out by Thursday."
Ms Burrow said the Trades Hall Council would negotiate with the transport operator to ensure there were no problems for protesters.
"I don't know what the details are, but we will work with Trades Hall between now and Thursday to work it out," she said.
"We'll be talking to Connex management and doing whatever it takes."