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SA train drivers plan strike action

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016

Adelaide's train stations are set to shut down during peak hour as rail workers strike over pay and conditions.

Train drivers and controllers, station staff and ticket inspectors will walk off the job from 10am-2pm on Thursday.

They will also stop work next Friday from 6am-10am and then from 3pm-7pm in a move likely to cause disruption for Adelaide Crows supporters attending their last AFL home game for the year against West Coast at Adelaide Oval.

Rail Tram and Bus Union branch secretary Darren Phillips says the workers have gone 900 days without a pay rise and have been unable to negotiate a new deal with the state's rail commissioner.

"It is simply unacceptable, and they're not going to take it anymore," he said on Friday.

"Our enterprise agreement claims are reasonable, and we have been trying to negotiate in good faith.

"Workers want to see fair pay rises that acknowledge the productivity increases that have been made on the network, better rostering arrangements, and improved provisions around job security."

Acting transport minister Peter Malinauskas said extra buses would be scheduled to minimise disruption to commuters, adding that the government had already offered a "very generous" package to rail workers.

"The union has timed their industrial action to maximise the disruption to the South Australian public which I think is incredibly disappointing and entirely unnecessary," he told reporters.

"We want to work through these issues ... but that can only happen through productive negotiations."

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