Fourth tram strike called off after ‘breakthrough’

An “improved” pay offer from Torrens Connect will be considered by Adelaide tram drivers who have cancelled another strike planned for Wednesday.

Sep 05, 2023, updated Sep 05, 2023
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Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union had planned another driver walkout from around 4pm to 7:30pm tomorrow, but says the action was suspended due to a “breakthrough in negotiations” with Torrens Connect on Monday night.

It would have been the fourth strike in as many weeks, with the last last Friday disrupting early morning services.

Union state secretary Darren Phillips said it was “disappointing” that tram drivers had to walk off the job to get Torrens Connect back to the negotiating table.

Drivers are demanding a three-year enterprise agreement, a 3 per cent wage increase per year or the consumer price index (whichever is greater), the removal of split-shift provisions from the enterprise agreement to reduce fatigue, and better training with a Certificate 3 Light Rail Operations for all operators.

“Workers have been clear from day one that they wanted to address issues with their conditions, such as the use of split-shifts, and a decent ray rise that reflected the increasing cost of living,” Phillips said.

“It was disappointing that workers needed to take industrial action in order to get Torrens Connect to take the issue of pay seriously,’” he said.

“Public transport workers are passionate about their industry, and take their responsibilities to the travelling public seriously, so industrial action is always a last resort.

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“We can assure all tram users that services are now back to normal while members consider the offer.”

Torrens Connect says it was “pleased that the RTBU have suspended planned industrial action”.

Torrens Connect is scheduled to reconvene with the RTBU on Friday 8 September,” the company said.

“This is a promising step for our staff and customers across the network and Torrens Connect looks forward to continued constructive engagement.”

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