WhatsNew2Day
Latest News And Breaking Headlines

Sydney Trains: Major delays on all lines today

NSW commuters will face further delays due to industrial action by railway workers as negotiations over wages, conditions and safety continue.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union will meet with the NSW government on Wednesday to discuss a new Korean-built intercity train fleet.

The tense negotiations come as the NSW government also faces a teachers’ strike on Thursday, and with public sector nurses and midwives voting to put further pressure on the government on pay and staff ratios.

Blockade Australia climate activists who have protested in Sydney’s CBD for the past two days, resulting in multiple arrests, are taking a break of at least 24 hours.

NSW commuters will face further delays due to industrial action by railway workers as negotiations over wages, conditions and safety continue (photo, Sydney commuters)

NSW commuters will face further delays due to industrial action by railway workers as negotiations over wages, conditions and safety continue (photo, Sydney commuters)

Radical climate change activists from Blockade Australia descended on the city on Monday, bringing rush-hour traffic to a halt (photo, protesters in the CBD on Tuesday)

Radical climate change activists from Blockade Australia descended on the city on Monday, bringing rush-hour traffic to a halt (photo, protesters in the CBD on Tuesday)

Rail workers began four days of industrial action Tuesday, including limiting train speed to 60 km/h, restricting the movement of workers and banning the use of trains made abroad.

Transport for NSW has warned that services could be cut by 70 percent during peak periods on Thursday and commuters should expect delays, changed stop patterns and canceled services.

A union ban on foreign-owned trains on Friday will halt use of the Waratah, Millennium and OSCAR trains, which make up about 70 percent of the fleet.

Travelers should also expect significant disruptions to Sydney and NSW train routes, including reductions in services to the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast on Thursday and Friday.

To exacerbate the pain during rush hour, radical climate activists from Blockade Australia came to the city on Monday and Tuesday, bringing rush hour traffic to a standstill.

The group will take a 24-hour break on Wednesday to give protesters a chance to “rest and regroup” after 21 people were arrested earlier this week.

Sally-Anne Brown, a spokeswoman for the extremist group, said at a news conference Monday afternoon that they will not stop protesting until “taking advantage of the systems that harm our environment” are completely disrupted.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union will meet with the NSW government on Wednesday to discuss a new Korean-built intercity train fleet (photo, officers on a train in Sydney in 2021)

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union will meet with the NSW government on Wednesday to discuss a new Korean-built intercity train fleet (photo, officers on a train in Sydney in 2021)

When asked what she plans for the rest of the week, Ms Brown said, “The network has been promoting a week of protests, but that’s all I know.”

The organizers of Blockade Australia posted a notice on Tuesday stating that there will be no protests on Wednesday.

“We’ve made the call to have a day off tomorrow,” they said on the Telegram messaging platform via the Blockade Australia: Resist Climate Inaction channel.

“We want people to have the opportunity to rest, regroup and support each other, as well as connect with those who share our common goal of resisting climate destruction.”

NSW police have arrested 21 people in the past two days and warned on Tuesday that they are prepared to take action against protesters who “don’t think the law applies to them”.

Eleven people were arrested on Tuesday during a second day of unauthorized demonstrations as about 40 people marched from Sydney’s Hyde Park up William Street to the inner east.

On Monday, police arrested 10 people after about 50 people took part in a Blockade Australia march through the CBD.

They included Mali Poppy Cooper, 22, who locked himself at the wheel of a car that blocked the driver’s access to the Sydney Harbor Tunnel.

She is said to have streamed the protest live from a white rental hatchback when an irate commuter began verbally berating her with a series of swear words before storming off.

“You’re ruining everyone’s day,” he shouts. “Get out of the damn way!”

Eleven people were arrested on Tuesday during a second day of unauthorized demonstrations as around 40 people marched in Sydney's CBD (pictured, a man with police on Tuesday)

Eleven people were arrested on Tuesday during a second day of unauthorized demonstrations as around 40 people marched in Sydney’s CBD (pictured, a man with police on Tuesday)

Train drivers will begin four days of action on Tuesday over safety concerns and will refuse to exceed 60 km/h (photo, commuters at Sydney Central Station)

Train drivers will begin four days of action on Tuesday over safety concerns and will refuse to exceed 60 km/h (photo, commuters at Sydney Central Station)

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet described the union action on Tuesday as disappointing, saying the national rail safety regulator had advised the NSW government that the new intercity trains were safe.

The most recent dispute was sparked by a government offer to pay workers up to $18,000 to operate the fleet before any safety changes are made.

Railway union NSW secretary Alex Claassens has accused the government of playing political games and calling it a bribe.

There is also a separate negotiating meeting between the railway union and NSW officials from the transport department on Thursday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of nurses voted Tuesday to continue with union action, rejecting the government’s offer to get a three percent pay increase.

Brett Holmes, general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, said members will now seek a seven percent pay increase.

Transport NSW has implemented a drastically reduced timetable following planned industrial action by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (photo, Sydney commuters in 2021)

Transport NSW has implemented a drastically reduced timetable following planned industrial action by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (photo, Sydney commuters in 2021)

The prime minister said he supported the public sector’s three percent wage offer to health workers, calling continued industrial action politically motivated.

Two unions representing public and Catholic school teachers will also address the media on Wednesday, ahead of a landmark 24-hour joint strike on Thursday.

The NSW Teachers Federation and Independent Education Union NSW/ACT called the strike after Tuesday’s budget documents revealed no bid above 3.5 percent on the table.

Perrottet has said unions that organize illegal strikes should face heavy fines.

The government wants to impose fines of up to $55,000 for the first day of illegal industrial action and $27,500 for each subsequent day.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More