Melbourne’s tram system will be brought to its knees as workers fight for a fairer pay deal.

Trams will be sent back to the depot between 10am to 2pm on Thursday September 26 and Thursday October 10.

It’s expected the disruption will cause drama during the AFL’s Grand Final week and the Spring Carnival

“Since the second vote, Yarra Trams has stubbornly refused to move from the position voted down by its workforce,” RTBU state secretary Luba Grigorovitch said.

“Yarra Trams employees have no choice but to take industrial action in the hope that the French multinational comes to its senses and offers a reasonable deal.

“Our members just want to be respected through fair wages and conditions.”

“We have notified Yarra Trams of the stoppages well in advance so it can reflect on its position and then hopefully bargain sensibly.”

“The RTBU has done its best to minimise the impact on commuters by limiting the stoppages to 4 hours in the off peak and holding them on Thursdays.”

In reply, a Yarra Trams spokesperson said

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“Yarra Trams’ offers have taken on board feedback and made adjustments to our part-time proposal, as well as adding sign on bonuses in addition to a good offer of 12 per cent over four years.”

“Since the beginning of negotiations, the RTBU have not moved on any position relating to salaries and changes to part-time.

“We share our passengers’ frustration that services will be unnecessarily disrupted by the RTBU once again. We will work to reduce the impact as best we can and will keep passengers informed.”

KIIS 1011 Melbourne