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Melbourne rail workers have stepped back from strike threats over coming weeks, as they demand better pay and conditions from the city's rail operator.
Metro Trains staff had threatened to refuse to check tickets, not do overtime and ban last-minute scheduling changes such as station skipping for the next two Mondays.
But after promising negotiations with Metro, the state's Rail, Tram and Bus Union on Sunday said workers would no longer go through with the industrial action on August 12 and 19.
It added that a planned four-hour work stoppage on August 27 remained on the cards in case negotiations collapsed.
"We are encouraged by Metro's commitments to intensive negotiations over the coming days," union secretary Luba Grigorovitch said.
Metro chief executive, Raymond O'Flaherty, welcomed the decision and said it would spare passengers disruptions during their work commutes.
"An agreement can be reached at the bargaining table - and without disrupting our passengers," he said.
It comes after the Federal Court on Friday sided with Metro and ruled against the union's plan to leave platform barriers open during the planned industrial action.
Ms Grigorovitch then announced staff would walk off the job between 10am and 2pm on August 27, in retaliation for Metro's threat to dock workers' pay for participating in industrial action.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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