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STRIKE OFF: Fair Work Commission suspends Monday’s industrial action

Rail workers will not strike on Monday after the Fair Work Commission suspended the planned industrial action.

The Fair Work Commission’s Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Hamberger stated on Thursday afternoon, Monday’s 24-hour hour strike would not go ahead.

“I am satisfied based on the evidence that this industrial action, taken together or indeed separately, threatens to endanger the welfare of a part of the population including a large number of people in Sydney and surrounding areas that rely on the services provided by Sydney trains and NSW trains to go work, school or otherwise.”

The Commission has decided six weeks should be used to negotiate conditions.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has defended her government’s wages policy and urged the union to act in the interests of the public.

“There is no reason to have a strike when your members are yet to consider properly an agreement that we believe is fair and reasonable.”

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has again criticised a text voting poll which was sent to union members.

“Ballots run by text message [are] unacceptable.

“1.3 million customers of the State are going to be breathing a sigh of relief to know that Monday can return to normal. Our customers are not cannon fodder for industrial disputation.”

Ms Berejiklian says Monday will be business and usual.

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