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Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW secretary Alex Claassens has said the ongoing industrial action by rail and bus workers across Sydney and NSW is about "safety".
RTBU members will today refuse to drive overseas-made trains, which constitute 75 per cent of NSW's rail network.
Union members have voiced safety concerns, and are calling for a pay increase of more than 2.5 per cent.
Train drivers are going on strike across NSW today. (Louise Kennerley/SMH)"Every time we buy stuff from overseas it has problems," Mr Claassens told Today.
"We bought all these brand new trains from South Korea that have been sitting there for months but we can't operate them because they are not safe.
He said while he was grateful the government had undertaken negotiations, it was time to put words on paper.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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