V/Line workers threaten to strike for 48 hours

V/Line train drivers could walk off the job for up to 48 hours leaving regional commuters stranded as the union ramps up its fight for better pay.


V/Line train drivers could walk off the job for up to 48 hours leaving regional commuters stranded as the union ramps up its fight for better pay.

V/Line trains could be brought to a standstill for up to two days as the public transport union prepares to walk off the job in a fight for better pay.

Within weeks, rolling strikes spanning 24 to 48 hours could hit every regional train line, if up to 600 drivers, station staff and train controllers vote to down tools.

The union also plans to have one-hour work bans, which would lead to delays and cancellations, incurring fines for V/Line.

Secretary of the union's locomotive division, Marc Marotta, warned of a "long and bitter struggle", accusing V/Line of pursuing a "scorched earth policy towards employees".

"They are looking to strip away nearly every condition that workers have got at V/Line," he said.

In a separate matter, the union's secretary Luba Grigorovitch has launched legal action against Metro Trains in the Federal Court to clear the way for Metro workers to strike.

, which meant that Metro staff could not legally take strike action.

About 60,000 leaflets with the words "Profit Express" will soon be distributed to commuters at train stations across the city.

Read more: The Age

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