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MELBOURNE train passengers will be bracing for a rough ride as the union that almost caused a rail meltdown yesterday prepares for a fierce battle over pay and conditions.
Commuter chaos was narrowly averted after an 11th-hour deal between Metro Trains and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union on Tuesday night, brokered by the Fair Work Commission.
Ten train services were cancelled yesterday morning because of the drama.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the snap action by drivers was unusual, but the Government had worked with Metro and the union to avoid passenger pain.
But he would not guarantee the rail network would remain free of industrial action once EBA negotiations for public transport workers begin next month.
“I can guarantee that the law will be upheld and that the independent umpire will be used,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s my expectation that everybody involved in these industrial processes operate with good faith.”
The drama on Tuesday night unfolded after the renegade locomotive division of the RTBU told drivers to stop running Siemens and Comeng trains — more than half of Melbourne’s fleet — because of safety concerns related to static explosions and public-address system faults.
Metro has agreed to install fire blankets on Siemens trains within a week, and fix PA systems on Comeng trains within three weeks.
The action was partly blamed on internal union brawling after the locomotive division kept RTBU secretary Luba Grigorovitch in the dark about its plan.
The division, whose forces were trounced by Ms Grigorovitch’s allies during recent union elections, is also fighting a separate battle with Metro over maintenance depot work.
Ms Grigorovitch released a statement that only discussed the union’s safety concerns.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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