Ballarat will be without trains for an entire day next week as V/Line staff prepares to strike.
The Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines will be the second of the state’s regional rail services to be hit by the industrial action next Thursday, December 12, with no trains running for 24 hours.
Workers are fighting for better pay and conditions, with the proposed strike voted in favour of by 98 per cent of members of the public transport union on Monday.
Luba Grigorovitch, Secretary for the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, says workers deserve better.
“We deliberately tried to be strategic because ultimately we don’t want the regional network to come to a halt,” she said.
“But the reality is, it’s our members’ legal right to take protective industrial action, and that’s what we’re doing.”
“V/Line is a government authority, and ultimately it’s up to the state government to make sure that public transport is running here in Victoria,” she added.
Alongside the 24 hour strike staggered across the regional rail network, V/Line services will also leave Southern Cross Station six minutes later than their scheduled departure times on December 16.