Strike against Aurizon planned for Rockhampton depot

FURTHER strike action against rail operator Aurizon will take place at the Rockhampton depot next week, as an 18-month pay dispute continues.

Rail, Trams and Bus Union state secretary Owen Doogan announced the plan to members this afternoon.

The 24-hour stoppage is expected to run from noon on January 6.

Overtime bans at the Bluff and Stanwell depots will also be implemented from 1am on January 4 until 1am on January 7.

Today, The Morning Bulletin reported a 24-hour stoppage would take place at Sarina, as well as an overtime ban at Pring (Bowen), Coppabella (near Moranbah) and Callemondah (Gladstone) depots from Saturday.

"We have been forced to take industrial action to try and encourage this employer to participate positively in negotiations to reach amicable agreements," Mr Doogan said.

"This industrial action does not need to occur, as we offered to suspend all industrial action if they (Aurizon) withdrew their application to seek to terminate the current agreements and enter into meaningful discussions."

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