All you need to know about train strikes scheduled for August

Major disruptions are ahead for Sydney’s rail network, with service cancellations and another major problem for commuters.

Major train disruptions are set to return this month as NSW’s rail union reveals employees will strike every week to the end of August.

It comes after more than a year of negotiations between the state government and the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) over work conditions have failed to satisfy either party.

The major sticking point is the union’s claim that recently purchased New Intercity Fleet trains do not meet their safety requirements.

“We’ve done everything by the book in order to get these vital safety changes, but the government is refusing to listen,” RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This is our only way of making sure that the safety changes that need to be made will actually be made.”

Strike action will begin this Sunday with a small gift to Sydney public transport users in the way of a ban on issuing fines and caution notices.

The real strike action begins next Wednesday as travellers on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line that runs towards Cronulla and Wollongong will have to make alternative travel arrangements for six hours.

Between the hours of 10am and 4pm, trains will not run on this line.

“It is frustrating,” Sydney Trains chief executive Matt Longland told 2GB radio station on Tuesday.

“We've been dealing now for more than 12 months working with unions as we navigate our way to a new enterprise agreement.”

Schedule for rail strike action in August:

August 7: Ban on transport officers issuing fines and cautions begins

August 10: Strike on T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line, including Bondi Junction 10am – 4pm

August 12: Ban on cleaners using vacuum cleaners or scrubbing machines

August 13: Station staff to leave all gates open at all times

August 15: Train crew to only operate trains that meet maintenance centre minimum standards

August 17: Strike in T2 Inner West and Leppington line and some regional lines, 10am – 4pm

August 23: Strike on unidentified line, 10am – 4pm

August 25: Strike on unidentified line, 10am – 4pm

August 31: Ban on operating foreign-made trains


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