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Warrnambool train passengers are set to face more stoppages and delays this month with the impasse between the transport union and the state government still unresolved.
An agreement is still yet to be reached between the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the state government over conditions, despite industrial action shutting down trains on every regional train line for one day in December.
RTBU Branch Secretary Luba Grigorovitch has called for a government-appointed mediator to help progress negotiations, which she said continued to go in circles.
"We're not getting anywhere, we need a circuit breaker," she said.
"We're trying to find middle ground but V/Line have demonstrated they are unwilling to compromise. We don't take any action lightly and ultimately would prefer it be avoided, but RTBU members are fed up and the public deserves a way forward."
A 24-hour stoppage will occur on the Geelong/Warrnambool lines on Wednesday, January 29.
V/Line chief executive James Pinder said it was "extremely disappointing and frustrating".
"Our passengers don't deserve to be bear the brunt of this decision by the RTBU," he said.
"Discussions with the RTBU took place as recently as last week, making this decision by the RTBU even more frustrating given talks have only just resumed for this year. We want to move forward with these discussions and urge the RTBU to do the same.
This article first appeared on www.standard.net.au
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