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Industrial action on Sydney trains called off after major breakthrough

All future planned strike action on Sydney’s train network has been paused after the deed at the centre of the industrial dispute between the rail union and government was signed.

It was confirmed on Friday that the deed, which involves safety modifications to the New Intercity Fleet, was signed.

All planned industrial action has been called off, including a network-wide action planned for next week.

All future planned strike action on Sydney’s train network has been called after the deed at the centre of the industrial dispute between the rail union and government was signed. (9News)

Several other issues, however, still need to be resolved before the dispute between the union and government is over for good.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) secretary Alex Claassens said he felt pleased to announce the in-principle agreement after a “long-running dispute”.

“Today we reached an agreement with Transport for NSW and the government that they will go ahead and make those alterations as we’ve heard many times before but today we’ve actually got a signature on a deed and I personally signed it as did the transport secretary,” Claassens said.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) secretary Alex Claassens said he felt pleased to announce the in-principle agreement after a "long-running dispute".
Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) secretary Alex Claassens said he felt pleased to announce the in-principle agreement after a “long-running dispute”. (9News)

Transport Minister David Elliott said he felt “very confident” the dispute has been resolved after a deed was signed.

“I have just signed the deed with (Transport for NSW) secretary Rob Sharpe,” Elliott said on Friday afternoon.

“The unions have agreed to withdraw industrial action with only one or two minor issues still to be arbitrated but that certainly won’t affect the matter going to a vote.

Transport Minister David Elliott said he felt "confident" the dispute has been resolved after a deed was signed.
Transport Minister David Elliott said he felt “confident” the dispute has been resolved after a deed was signed. (9News)

”The modifications will be made in accordance with the deed and of course, we’ve got industrial action withdrawn and a new enterprise agreement will go out to the members.”

Claassens described the development as a “massive step forward” but said there is more negotiating to be done.

“We’ve also agreed on an arbitration process to deal with some of the outstanding items that we’re still trying to resolve,” he said.

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“Over the next couple of weeks, we’re still going to continue to sit down and negotiate with Sydney trains, NSW Trains and Transport for NSW to try and land an enterprise agreement.

“There is a process for that and at the end of that process if we can’t reach an agreement, there will be an arbitration around those issues.”

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