Peak hour chaos as many Sydney trains are delayed or cancelled with industrial action grinding the network to a halt
- NSW commuters to face widespread delays as train drivers walk off job
- There will be four days of industrial action with drivers limiting train speeds
- Workers from 80 hospitals will take part in mass meetings at Town Hall
- Two multi-vehicle crashes on the M4 have impacted traffic in both directions
NSW commuters are being warned of widespread delays as train drivers take industrial action, while the state’s nurses are set to stop work over staffing.
Train drivers will begin four days of action on Tuesday by limiting trains to a maximum of 60km/h.
Meanwhile, hundreds of workers from 80 hospitals are expected to take part in a mass meeting in central Sydney on Tuesday afternoon.
Transport for NSW says commuters can expect significant disruption to rail services as delays and cancellations increase during the week.
Meanwhile two multi-vehicle accidents on the city’s busy M4 has caused severe delays in both directions – with motorists told to avoid the highway near Merrylands and Blacktown if possible.
NSW train drivers will drive slower and refuse to operate foreign-built trains as part of four days of industrial action this week
Suburban trains are expected to run on an amended timetable, with regular services cut by half during the peak period
On Tuesday morning a truck and car crash near Burnett Street in Merrylands has ground the M4 to a standstill.
Another multi-vehicle crash also occurred earlier on Tuesday near Reservoir Road in Blacktown, with eastbound traffic impacted.
The cars have been moved to the breakdown lane but traffic is moving extremely slowly.
Suburban trains are expected to run on an amended timetable, with regular services cut by half during the peak period.
Alternative travel arrangements will be made where possible.
Nurses will walk off the job for various hours in defiance of the Industrial Relations Commission.
NSW Nurses and Midwives Association acting general secretary Shaye Candish says the meeting comes after pleas to increase staff numbers to deal with extreme workloads fell on deaf ears.
The action by The Rail, Tram and Bus Union will escalate until Friday when drivers refuse to drive foreign-built trains, reducing the capacity of the fleet to just 30 per cent
‘There’s widespread dissatisfaction amongst our members over the NSW government’s refusal to even consider safe staffing ratios,’ she said.
‘The government is continuing to ignore the pleas of highly skilled clinical professionals who remain extremely worried about the delivery of safe patient care now and into the future,’ she said.
Nurses want a nurse-to-patient ratio of one to four on hospital wards and a midwife-to-patient ratio of one to three.
The action by The Rail, Tram and Bus Union will escalate until Friday when drivers refuse to drive foreign-built trains, reducing the capacity of the fleet to just 30 per cent.
The action is driven by safety concerns over new Korean-built trains, which the union maintains need to be modified to keep passengers safe.
On Thursday public and Catholic schoolteachers will strike for 24 hours over pay, with the unions saying teachers are grappling with unsustainable workloads and worsening staff shortages.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said unions organising illegal strikes should cop steep penalties.
The government wants to impose maximum fines of up to $55,000 for the first day of illegal industrial action and $27,500 for each subsequent day.