Ben Fordham demands rail union ends industrial action
Ben Fordham and Rail, Tram and Bus Union Secretary Alex Claassens have clashed over the situation with today’s rail strikes.
A new deal is on the table to end industrial action on Sydney’s rail network, but commuters are still facing delays today.
The government has agreed to spend $264 million on safety upgrades to the new intercity fleet which has been at the heart of the controversy.
Ben Fordham pleaded with Alex to call off the industrial action for tomorrow.
“I’m begging you Alex on behalf of the people of Sydney, can we please call off tomorrow’s action,” Ben said.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union Secretary Alex Claassens told Ben Fordham, the union will wait for the “detail” before calling off their action.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep everybody safe and our priority has always been, safety first and workers’ conditions,” Mr Claassens said.
“We’re doing this to keep the public safe.
“We’re gonna sit down today and work through it with senior management.”
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Trains will be extensively delayed today as industrial action continues despite the NSW Government conceding to the union’s demands.
Transport for NSW has confirmed services will be slashed by up to 70 per cent with trains running on a reduced timetable during peak hour.
Sydney Trains Chief Executive Matt Longland told Ben Fordham the industrial action will still go ahead.
“The timetable will almost be equivalent to a weekend timetable,” he said.
“We’re asking customers to think about avoiding travel today.”
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