Australia Melbourne tram strikes cause havoc for Australian Open commuters

02:25  28 january  2020
02:25  28 january  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Melbourne commuters have been warned to prepare for peak hour chaos in coming months after rail workers voted to Melbourne commuters told to prepare for peak-hour chaos. On these dates, staff will keep ticket barriers open and refuse to check Myki cards in protest at operator Metro Trains.

Live updates as a strike by Melbourne tram drivers causes long delays across the city. Alana Schetzer reports the response to the strike seems to be resignation: little fuss and even less conversation about the stoppage; they were simply glad to be out of the rain.

a public transit bus on a city street: Tram strikes are causing havoc in Melbourne today. © AAP Tram strikes are causing havoc in Melbourne today. Tram strikes will leave Australian Open commuters and Melbourne locals stranded today as drivers vow to stop work over a bitter pay dispute.

The planned industrial action is set to cripple Melbourne's tram network until 2pm, with commuters advised to seek alternative transport options.

Services are likely to be impacted one to two hours after trams return to normal timetables.

Limited bus replacement options will operate while tram drivers put their tools down.

Drivers have planned to walk off the job again on Thursday, a move which has drawn criticism for its timing.

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  Light rail breaks down in CBD Services were stopped between Town Hall and Circular Quay about 4pm, and were down for roughly 90 minutes.Services were stopped between Town Hall and Circular Quay about 4pm, and were down for roughly 90 minutes before the tram was repaired and taken out of use.

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Public transport chaos could hit Melbourne as a tram strike coincides with the busy Australian Open tennis finals. "The RTBU has chosen to cause unnecessary disruption to Melburnians during the Australian Open , rather than work to reach an agreement with us," a Yarra Trams spokesperson said.


Yarra Trams CEO Julien Dehornoy described the strike as "totally unnecessary", claiming it was "designed at hurting the people and causing pain" during one of the city's major events.

"To those who will want to go to the Australian Open, travel early," Mr Dehornoy said.

"The event starts at 10am and until 10am all our trams, all our services will run normally."

The industrial action is the latest in an ongoing campaign started by tram workers last year in March for better pay conditions.

The union has demanded a six per cent annual pay rise as well as improved rosters and job security.

Yarra Trams wants to lift the current cap on part-time employees from four per cent to a maximum of 15 per cent.

They have also offered 12 per cent wage increases over four years.

Rail, Tram and Bus union state secretary Luba Grigorovitch brushed off Yarra Trams' accusations, claiming they had shown as much restraint as possible.

"We have not taken industrial action for two months because we did not want to inconvenience the public over the past month," he said.

"However, Yarra Trams has now left us no choice."

Tram delays in Sydney CBD after car knocks a tram off its tracks .
Sydney's controversy-laden tram network has hit another road bump after a car crashed into a tram in Surry Hills this afternoon. The tram was dislodged from its tracks about 4.45pm, bringing traffic on South Dowling Street to a halt in both directions.The tram is part of the recently launched L2 line operating between Circular Quay and Randwick. © Dan Irwin The tram was knocked completely off the tracks by the force of the collision. Police say there are no reports of significant damage but light rail services from Central to Town Hall have been cancelled due to the collision.

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