Metro staff believe they’re getting underpaid, claiming their wages are not keeping up with cost-of-living increases.
And this pay dispute could mean that the city’s train network could devolve into utter chaos for two days after the Rail Tram and Bus Union lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission to strike.
What this means is that staff could refuse to check cards, make announcements or completely stop work altogether.
If it goes ahead, the industrial action could take place anytime in the next two month.
“With management at odds with the bargaining team on many key claims, delegates are frustrated by Metro’s posturing and want to see progress towards a new agreement,” said RTBU branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch.
“Our members have made it very clear that their priority is to retain current conditions and achieve a wage increase that recognises cost of living and value of their labour contribution.
So long as Metro frustrates this process members are forced to ensure they are taken seriously in negotiations.”
Grigorovitch said a strike was a “last resort”
In response, a Metro Trains spokesman said they were negotiating “in good faith”.