Rail union backs down, cancels plan to switch off Opal card machines across Sydney network

The rail union has cancelled its plan to switch off Opal card readers across the Sydney network.

From next Wednesday, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) had planned to shut down the system “indefinitely” as part of its ongoing dispute with the NSW government over fair pay and conditions.

Also in contention was the safety of the billion-dollar South Korean-made intercity fleet, which has remained idle since the first trains were delivered in 2019.

It’s the latest chapter in the long-running dispute between the two parties.

“The delegates made the decision to cancel the action of turning off Opal machines scheduled to start next Wednesday,” the RTBU said in a statement.

“The gates at stations will also be closed from Sunday.”

The turnaround comes after the government earlier on Saturday announced they had lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to stop the union’s action, and Transport Minister David Elliott’s warning last week that: “Any person who is seen to be doing this [Opal action] is prosecuted”.

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