Train drivers in Australian state vote to strike following days of commuter chaos
Friday 12th of January
SYDNEY, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Train drivers in Australia's New South Wales state voted on Friday to go on strike if their demands for a pay rise are not met, at the end of a week hit by commuter chaos including major delays and widespread trip cancellations in state capital Sydney, local media reported.
Members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union in the state voted to take industrial action if they do not get satisfactory wage increases, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
"An incredible result, well done Sydney and NSW Trains!" the union posted on its Facebook page.
"By standing together and returning a YES vote, we have shown management that we are strong and united in our demand for a good agreement."
Union delegates are set to meet in the next few days to decide what form of industrial action to take.
Earlier in the week, the state's Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance thanked customers for their extreme patience after the train disruptions, which were blamed on staffing issues and inclement weather.
"Understandably our customers were tested and we apologize for the major inconvenience caused," he said in a statement.