Labor has urged the NSW Government to open good faith negotiations with workers across Sydney’s rail network to avoid further disruption of the transport network and of vital train services.

Workers across Sydney Trains were forced to take industrial action on Saturday morning after the NSW Government’s repeated failure to begin negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.

Transport for NSW has failed to approach the Rail Tram and Bus Union with an offer since the previous enterprise agreement expired on May 1st of this year.

Further industrial action is planned for next week.

NSW Shadow Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said: “It costs nothing for the Government to sit down and listen to rail workers. They deserve respect, but instead they’re being ignored.

“These workers aren’t being unreasonable. For six months they’ve tried to have their voices heard, but nobody in the NSW Government wants to listen to them.

“All that the Government needs to do is to pick up the phone and organise to meet with rail workers and their union. That’s all it will take for normal service to resume. The ball is firmly in their court”