The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had said she is hopeful a planned train strike by Sydney Train employees will not go ahead next Monday.
Sydney Train employees are scheduled to stop work for 24 hours on Monday, January 29, after negotiations over work conditions and pay between unions and management broke down last week.
“I know all parties are doing everything they can to prevent the action from going ahead next Monday,” Ms Berejiklian told reporters today.
A planned 11am meeting between Sydney Train bosses and the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) was delayed by a few hours due to a train incident at Richmond Station in the city’s north on Monday morning.
More than 9000 Sydney train workers are set to strike as they push for a six per cent pay rise and improved conditions.
The government has been holding firm on a 2.5 percent wage increase.
Sydney Trains spent the weekend nutting out an offer and was expected to put it forward to the RTBU, according to the union.
“I know that’s (the Richmond train incident) being managed well by all involved, it’s time now to engage with the trade unions and get on with the job of concluding this pay dispute,” Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins told reporters as he walked into today’s meeting.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who last week described the strike as a “silly stunt,” met with union officials on Friday in an attempt to come to an agreement.
RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens said on Friday he believed Mr Constance was committed to “trying to resolve this mess”.
The main issues that remain to be resolved include rostering, job security and working conditions.