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Transport Minister won’t cave to Sydney Trains strike threat

Transport Minister Andrew Constance says the government’s “wages policy will remain in place” despite a planned strike by the Rail Union.

The 24-hour industrial action will take place on January 29 and is expected to bring Sydney to a standstill.

Minister Constance has told Steve Price he won’t cave to demands for a 6% pay rise.

“The wages policy will remain in place.

“Teachers, nurses and police, they’re working within the wages policy. Why do the train union think they’re above it?”

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Opposition Leader Luke Foley claims the Minister’s inflammatory comments and past actions are to blame for the strike.

“No wonder train drivers don’t trust him when they see what he’s done to bus drivers.

“If I were Premier it would not have come to this because the workforce would be treated with respect.”

But Mr Foley has refused to say how he would resolve the situation, only agreeing that the union’s demands are unreasonable.

“They wouldn’t get a 6% pay rise.”

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