Tram drivers across the entire Melbourne network will strike for four hours today between 10am and 2pm.

It’s the third strike in three weeks as workers fight for a 6 per cent annual wage increase.

“Yarra Trams has twice put proposed agreements out to a vote of its employees and both times it has been overwhelmingly rejected,” Union secretary Luba Grigorovitch told The Age.

“Since the second ballot, in which there was a 94 per cent no vote, Yarra Trams has stubbornly refused to move from the position voted down by its workforce.

“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.”

In response, Yarra Trams chief executive Nicholas Gindt said.

“This strike is unnecessary because we are hopeful to negotiate further with RTBU, hoping they will come back very soon to the negotiation table.”

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