Sydney's Train Strike Has Been Blocked By The Fair Work Commission [Updated]

Sydney, Australia - June 29, 2016: Sydney train, subway carriage interior

The Fair Work Commission has ordered NSW rail worker to cancel its strike this coming Monday due to endangerment to economy and safety. Here are the details.

Jonathan Hamberger, Senior Deputy President of the FWC said the strike would endanger the thousands of people who use the network to commute to work and to school.

It would also, he said, cause significant damage to the economy.

Any workers who decide to ignore the Fair Work Commission order face fines of up to $12,600 per person.

Earlier today we spoke to a Sydney Train driver to hear his perspective on the current situation.

Via the ABC


Comments

    'Fair' work commission my ass.

    'the strike would endanger the thousands of people who use the network to commute to work and to school. It would also, he said, cause significant damage to the economy.'

    What the fuck is the point of a strike if it doesn't carry any weight? How about PAY THESE PEOPLE ADEQUATELY or people's lives and the economy won't be disrupted?
    The FWC isn't in a position to be making demands here, because luckily, rail workers still have a strong and supportive union to look out for their rights.

    If there was any proof that the FWC is stacked with corporatist, conservative 'trickle-down' zealots, this is it. They don't give two shits about 'fair' work.

    Last edited 25/01/18 2:14 pm

      FWC recently destroyed a decades-old EBA at ?Murdoch? University, reverting all fought for sections of the agreement that spent years being cultivated over many years, back to national substandard award conditions and stripping the union and staff of all power. FWC is no independent and has shown that it has an agenda. This is not a surprise at all.

        Wow, I didn't even know that. What filthy grubs they are.

    The FWC can’t force the drivers to work overtime though?

    I work for NSW government. All of us (including NSW train workers) get a 2.5% pay increase every year - which is a pretty sweet deal. It was very unlikely that the government would have agreed to 6% pay increase over 4 years as that would set the precedent for the rest of the state.

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