Capital rail strike today
A 24-hour railway workers’ strike will likely clog Wellington’s road network all of today. Rail Maritime Transport Union workers announced on Tuesday that they would strike over employment conditions after hitting an impasse with train operators Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem. The strikers will stop work for 24 hours, starting from 2am today affecting all commuter services on Johnsonville Hutt, Melling, Wairarapa, and Ka¯piti lines. It would be the first industrial action since 1994 to affect the Wellington rail network for longer than two hours. The strike action comes after Transdev and Hyundai Rotem called for the removal of longstanding terms and conditions in the workers’ collective agreement.