Last Friday, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) announced a four-hour strike by Melbourne’s train drivers as part of its ongoing industrial action to secure new enterprise bargaining agreements (EBA) for its members.

Now Melbourne’s tram network will follow suit. Trams will not operate on Friday, August 30 between 10am and 2pm.

“This off-peak stoppage is a first step,” says RTBU state secretary Luba Grigorovitch. “We cannot rule out an escalation of industrial action if the company continues to deny our members an EBA which recognises their hard work.”

The union is seeking a six per cent annual pay rise, safer conditions and job security protection for its members. The RBTU has so far rejected two EBA offers from Yarra Trams.

"We remain committed to continuing discussions, to work towards a positive outcome for our people, passengers and the community,” says a Yarra Trams spokesperson in a statement.

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This article was updated on August 16, 2019 at 3.22pm.