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Earlier in the month, Sydney Trains workers announced they were going on a 24-hour strike following a breakdown in negotiations between the train union and rail management. This would have caused mass delays across the city's entire train and tram networks between January 29 and January 30.

For those who missed the memo, the planned strike was blocked by the Fair Work Commission last Thursday. So does this mean it's business as usual? Well, not necessarily.

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Since Christmas Eve, Charlie’s* only had five days off of work.

For eight years, he’s been dedicated to his job. He loves his job. It’s challenging and mentally demanding but Charlie knows it inside out. Yet lately, excessive overtime and an increased workload has left him feeling dispirited and disillusioned.

Charlie is a Sydney Train Driver and he’s exhausted.

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With a ban on overtime for Sydney Trains staff beginning from January 25, the flailing network will be under a lot pressure to provide services to the Sydney metropolitan area this Australia Day long weekend. An announcement late yesterday afternoon confirms that, from Thursday, train services will see major disruptions and run to a reduced timetable.

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Sydney Trains are under siege. A new timetable coupled with understaffing issues has already resulted in a Nightmare Scenario where peak hour services are being cancelled and commuters left stranded. The drivers are overworked and exhausted and commuters are angry. With the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) announcing they will be taking industrial action from Friday, January 19, the problems are likely to get worse before they get any better.