30,000 commuters to be hit by rail strike
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