“We have now not taken industrial motion for 2 months as a result of we didn’t wish to inconvenience the general public over the previous month, nevertheless Yarra Trams has now left us no alternative,” RTBU secretary Luba Grigorovitch stated.
The RTBU claims it accelerated industrial motion as a result of Yarra Trams got here again from the Christmas interval with the very same deal that has already been voted down by members.
Yarra Trams has supplied a 12 per cent increase over 4 years, and in addition needs 15 per cent of the workforce to be half time to make the roster extra versatile.
The RTBU insists the transfer would strip away job safety.
Union members are nonetheless in search of an annual 5 per cent increase, having backed down from the preliminary demand of a 6 per cent yearly increase.
Yarra Trams stated it will work with the Division of Transport and the Australian Open to minimise impression on commuters.
“The RTBU has chosen to trigger pointless disruption to Melburnians in the course of the Australian Open, somewhat than work to succeed in an settlement with us,” a Yarra Trams spokeswoman stated.
“We share our passengers’ frustration that providers shall be unnecessarily disrupted by the RTBU but once more.
“We’re dedicated to persevering with negotiations to discover a mutually useful consequence.”
However union secretary Luba Grigorovitch stated the RTBU had “proven as a lot restraint as it will probably” and referred to as on the federal government to intervene.
“This week they repackaged the identical part-time proposal that was overwhelmingly rejected by the workforce.
“These negotiations are seven months overdue, all our members need is a good and affordable deal.”
Negotiations began in March final yr.
Rachel is a breaking information reporter for The Age.