30,000 com­muters to be hit by rail strike

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

WELLINGTON: About 30,000 peo­ple who travel each day on Wellington trains will have to look for al­ter­na­tive trans­port to­day af­ter more than 400 rail work­ers go on strike.

There will be no train ser­vices, and no bus re­place­ments either, Wellington trans­port net­work provider Metlink said last night.

Work­ers em­ployed by Trans­dev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem on Wellington’s pas­sen­ger rail net­work voted over­whelm­ingly to stop work for 24 hours from 2am to­day, the Rail and Mar­itime Union said.

Sec­re­tary Wayne But­son said it was the first in­dus­trial ac­tion since 1994 to af­fect the Wellington rail sys­tem for longer than two hours.

‘‘We’ve been try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with Trans­dev and Hyundai since May this year and they’ve stalled ev­ery sin­gle step of the way,’’ he said.

The union said the com­pa­nies were try­ing to re­move long­stand­ing terms and con­di­tions in the col­lec­tive agree­ment. — NZN

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