‘It is what it is’: Union responds to fears of COVID spread on jam-packed trains
The strike action which brought Sydney trains almost to a standstill last week will have its sequel this Tuesday.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union are repeating their refusal to operate foreign-made trains, reducing the frequency of services.
The T1 North Shore and Western, T2 Inner West and Leppington, T3 Bankstown, T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra, T7 Olympic Park sprint and T8 Airport and South lines will all be heavily affected.
There will be service on the T5 Cumberland line, and customers will need to change trains at Granville.
Buses will replace trains between Lidcombe and Bankstown, and Wollongong, Kiama and Port Kembla.
Blue Mountains and Central Coast services will run to a weekend timetable.
RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens was pressed by Chris O’Keefe over safety concerns associated with the action, with commuters forced to crowd onto limited trains without social distancing.
“There’s inconvenience, and there’s almost actively trying to help the spread of COVID, which is what you’ve done,” Chris said.
Mr Claassens denied the accusation.
“It is what it is.
“We are trying everything we can to continue to run the service, rather than having a total stoppage.”
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