Statement from Bob Nanva and Alex Claassens
Rail workers are shattered after the death of a colleague, Charles Lagaaia, in Sydney this morning.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) sends its profound and heart-felt condolences to Mr Lagaaia’s family and friends.
RTBU representatives had been on the ground since early this morning, offering support to track workers and the crew of the train involved in the incident.
Many of our members are hurting today. They have lost a colleague and a mate in very tragic circumstances.
The workers who witnessed the incident, and the driver of the train, are all doing it very tough.
We are doing everything we can to support those involved through this difficult time.
This incident is sad reminder that safety on the rail network can never be taken for granted.
All workers have the right to go home safely after a shift.