V/Line workers to take industrial action

Local rail passengers will face service disruptions next week as V/Line workers walk off the job for 24 hours.

The protest will impact the Maryborough, Ballarat and Ararat lines and is part of protected industrial action.

The action comes from Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) which according to a recent statement is protesting “further attacks from V/Line management on employees’ rights at work”.

Drivers, station staff, booking clerks and train conductors based on the three lines will refuse to perform all work for 24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, February 18.

RTBU branch secretary Luba Grigorovitch said the union is “fed up” with excuses and that workers and the public need “comprehensive solutions”.

“What the company and govern- ment don’t seem to appreciate is the significant growth in staff produc- tivity over recent years,” she said.

“What has languished has been government investment in regional commuters. They actually need to invest in staff and rollingstock to keep pace with the boom in demand.

“We are fed up with the excuses and glossy pamphlets. Workers and the public need comprehensive solutions now.”

According to the RTBU, reports from V/Line employees indicate that morale towards the operator and government are extremely low and members are united in their conviction to protect basic working conditions.

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