Ongoing industrial action must be resolved immediately
Friday 21 August, 2015
The State Liberals are calling on Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan to immediately resolve ongoing industrial action with train drivers to avoid the cancellation of Footy Express services tomorrow.
Industrial action with train drivers has been going on for two months, with enterprise agreement negotiations going on for more than 18 months.
“Transport Minister needs to step in and sort this out today so that services aren’t cancelled tomorrow,” said Shadow Transport Minister Corey Wingard.
“What has Minister Mullighan been doing about this for the past two months?
“We need a reliable, efficient and effective public transport system, and the longer this drags on the more faith is being lost, turning people away from using trains.”
The State Liberals have also expressed concern at the lack of substitute buses put on for the cancelled Footy Express services.
“30 substitute buses does not seem like it will adequately cover the cancellation of Footy Express services and the Government should explain how much these substitute buses will cost taxpayers,” said Mr Wingard.
“If Minister Mullighan does not immediately resolve this, what other events could this industrial action affect?
“We simply cannot have a situation heading into AFL finals season where Footy Express services are being cancelled.
“Mr Mullighan cannot shirk responsibility for this industrial action, and he must immediately resolve it.”