RTBU slams NSW government as all city services suspended amid industrial action

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It was a day of finger pointing and laying blame between the state government and the railroad union.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet and then Transport Minister David Elliott launched the attack this morning, likening the union’s behavior to terrorists and claiming the disruption was due to a strike.

RTBU Secretary Alex Claassens.Credit:Wolter-Peeters

This afternoon the Rail, Tram and Bus Union issued a statement urging the government to allow drivers to resume rail services tomorrow, with union secretary Alex Claassens accusing the government of treating commuters arrogantly.

‘The NSW Government’s treatment of Sydney and NSW Trains workers and commuters has been appalling for a long time but then bringing in expensive lawyers in a bid to silence the workers and then shut down the entire rail network and inconveniencing commuters was a whole new low,” he said.

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“Railway workers planned to take low-level industrial action which would have only impacted management, not commuters. It was the NSW government that then shut down the entire network.

“Railway workers will be there, ready to get our trains moving again whenever the NSW Government comes to their senses and lets us.

There was no resolution from Monday’s Fair Work Commission hearing, and the next hearing will be on Wednesday.

No one knows where that will leave commuters tomorrow.

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