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Trams grind to halt on Friday

- JADE GAILBERGER

TRAM users will be forced to catch buses or find other transport on Friday night, when tram drivers strike again.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union announced yesterday that drivers will stop work for four hours, suspending tram services from 6pm to 10pm.

Substitute buses are being arranged by the government but during the peak hour rush the strike could leave passengers stranded out in the cold. It is the second time this month drivers have taken action.

On June 11, trams did not run from 10am to 2pm due to a pay dispute between the union and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrstruct­ure. Enterprise agreement negotiatio­ns have been deadlocked since the government’s offer to increase drivers’ pay by 2.5 per cent a year for the next three years was rejected.

Train drivers showed their support for tram drivers in a vote last week, and will stop train services next Monday.

The Adelaide Metro train network is unlikely to operate between 10am and 2pm when drivers walk off the job. Bus services remain unaffected.

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