Sydney train strike to ‘shut down the city’

TRAINS in New South Wales will shut down for 24 hours at the end of the month after the The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) announced a strike across the network.

Train workers across Sydney and in the state network will stop work from 12.01am on Monday, January 29 in the wake of a bitter pay and working conditions dispute.

The strike was announced on Tuesday, with the union attributing it to Sydney Trains and NSW Trains management "refus[ing] to negotiate a fair and reasonable enterprise agreement".

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the strike "will shut down the city".

He described the decision as "extraordinary" and "weird behaviour from a union boss".

The strike comes a week after a shortage of drivers plunged the Sydney rail network into chaos, stranding thousands of commuters with hours of delays.

The RTBU's NSW secretary, Alex Claassens, sympathised with travellers, but said: "If worse comes to worst, stay home".

"The trains will go to bed on Sunday night and won't come back out on Monday," he said.