The Victorian Government will take state’s public transport union to court over its plan to strike during the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix.
As tensions rise, Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne has announced the government will seek to cancel the industrial action in the Fair Work Commission.
It will be argued that economic and safety concerns should be enough to rule the strikes as invalid.
Ms Horne said “There are two key issues at play. There is both the safety of the travelling public but also protecting the economic benefit to the state.
“We need to make sure that the event is as successful as it possibly can be and that’s why this action is occurring.”
RTBU state secretary Luba Grigorovitch has said “Minister Horne has had months to help avert this industrial action but has continued to sit on her hands.’’
“Even now, when she has the opportunity to intervene and help resolve the dispute, she instead is resorting to heavy-handed legal thuggery that will take us further away from a deal than ever.’’
“On the one hand the Minister is saying; “It’s not my job [to get involved]”, on the other she is assisting Yarra Trams by spending taxpayer dollars on legal attacks to strip RTBU members’ right to take protected industrial action.”
At present, the strike will go ahead.