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Trains Stopped across the Greater Sydney


The decision to shut down NSW's entire passenger train network took the state by surprise, and the question remains unanswered more than 24 hours later: why?

Nurses were the focus of the state's industrial relations spotlight last week. It had been shining on teachers for the last two months.

We're seeing a government that appears to be in a conflict with its most important employees, but Premier Dominic Perrottet's team may have picked a fight it's not prepared for.

To explain Sydney Trains' last-minute decision to cancel all passenger trains proved challenging.


On the radio, David Elliott, the new Transport Minister, launched a blistering attack on the Rail, Tram, and Bus Union's (RTBU) "terrorist-like activity."

He said, Reduced services would continue today and possibly tomorrow but he hoped that withdrawing the fair work action would lead to a quick compromise.

The transport minister admitted during an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday that “he was unaware of the decision to suspend train services in the early hours of Monday and that he did not inform the premier, Dominic Perrottet, of the impending shutdown because he went to bed before a decision was made.”

Despite telling reporters that he had an "inkling" of what was to come, Elliott said he hadn't told Perrottet "because I didn't have any confirmation and I didn't know exactly what action Transport for NSW would take."

During the press conference, Elliott also confessed that he had "asked" to obtain a copy of a risk assessment apparently conducted by transportation before the department made the decision to shut down the network.

A discussion on NSW’s train shutdown on Reddit had many users commenting. One user said: “I believe that when it comes to things like this, it's more about ignorance and sleazy media than outright stupidity. If all you know is snippets from the morning radio, you've probably only heard negative things about unions and labor. I'm hoping that the truth will be more widely accepted this time - we'll have to wait and see how it plays out in the long run.”

Another user said: “David Elliot is the weak man image of a strong man. He has never been available for an interview in his seven years as an MP, according to ABC radio this morning. They'll let him attack unions and Labor all he wants, so he'll always be available for 2GB. The same bloke who informed a 17-year-old P Plater in a road rage incident, "I work for the cops." Flog.”

Published on: March 03, 2022





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