McKim refuses to intervene in Metro dispute

SUSTAINABLE Transport Minister Nick McKim has broken his silence on the Metro pay dispute, but said he won't intervene in the negotiations.

Metro management will meet with staff and the Rail, Tram, Train and Bus Union at Campbell Town today.

Drivers have said they will stop the buses between 1pm and 2pm tomorrow and from 8pm to 10pm on Friday if progress is not made.

Mr McKim said the agreement was between Metro management and the union, but said the offered 2 per cent pay rise was reasonable in  Leg 1the current economic climate.

The union is pushing for a rise of 3 per cent for three years.

``I think in the current climate the offer from Metro management is a reasonable offer for drivers,'' Mr McKim said.

``Metro drivers at the top level are paid nearly 17 per cent more than those in the private sector.''

Opposition sustainable transport spokesman Matthew Groom has repeatedly called on Mr McKim to refer the dispute to the Fair Work Commission to end the stop-work meetings.

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