Rail, Tram and Bus Union strike smashing the economy

After months of increasing tensions, the commencement of strike action today by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union at Pacific National Coal is set to wreak havoc for the NSW and national economies with a $50 million hit and $8 million loss of royalties to the cash-strapped NSW Government.

During the shutdown, PN Coal will be unable to load, haul and unload its coal trains in the NSW region, preventing more than 600,000 tonnes of coal from reaching the port.

“The dispute is not only about wages, the union bosses regrettably are seeking to interfere in management issues including drug testing which is statutorily regulated and designed to protect workers and the public,” Senator Abetz said today.

“I trust Mr Shorten’s refusal to publically condemn the demands of the union bosses is not linked to the RBTU’s $125,000 donation to the ALP last year.”

“The Coalition has long said that there is a militancy problem with the Fair Work Act and seemingly this is just another example. Only the Coalition can ensure that union bosses act in the interests of the workers they represent and their fellow Australians,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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