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01 Dec 2019 | 08:15 PM UTC

Australia: Tram union confirms strike in Melbourne (Victoria state) December 5 /update 1

Members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirm tram strike in Melbourne (Victoria state) on December 5; associated disruptions expected



Members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RBTU) voted to hold a tram strike in Melbourne (Victoria state) on Thursday, December 5, to demand higher pay and improved working conditions. Tram service is expected to cease between 10:00 and 14:00 (local time), however, the tram operator Yarra Trams has warned of significant disruptions from 10:00 to approximately 15:30. Metropolitan trains, buses, and V/Line trains are not expected to be affected by the strike. Public transport officials have confirmed limited replacement bus services. Up-to-date information on the industrial action can be found on Yarra Tram's website here. Representatives of Yarra Tram have advised passengers to avoid non-essential travel and consider alternative means of transport during the work stoppage. RBTU members carried out a similar strike on Thursday, November 28, affecting thousands of commuters in Melbourne. 

Transportation disruptions, including increased demand for alternative modes of transport, significant delays, and crowded conditions, are expected during the strike. 


Individuals in Melbourne are advised to monitor the situation, seek alternate modes of transportation, and anticipate disruptions and delays on railways in the coming days.