Melb tram strike off due to CBD protests
A planned tram strike has been called off in Melbourne because of safety concerns around ongoing climate protests in the city.
Tram drivers had planned to walk off the job between 10am and 2pm on Thursday but the Rail, Tram and Bus Union agreed to postpone the action because of Extinction Rebellion actions.
"In a show of good faith, the RTBU have chosen to withdraw their notice to take industrial action this week," Yarra Tram chief executive Nicolas Gindt said in a statement.
"At the end of the day, safety is top priority for everybody at Yarra Trams."
There were concerns around safety and drivers would also have been trapped on their trams if they were locked-in.
The union wants a five per cent annual pay rise over three years, a change from their initial demand of a six per cent increase.
But strikes could still continue if the tram company does not meet the union's demands, according to a spokesman.
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