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The world’s largest operational tram network will grind to a halt for four hours as a stoush between the Melbourne operator and union deteriorates further.

The Victorian Rail, Tram and Bus Union has announced a stoppage between 10am and 2pm on Friday, August 30.

The union had already announced that from August 26, Yarra Trams staff wouldn’t do voluntary overtime, cover shifts on days off or wear uniforms.

“We are trying our best to minimise any inconvenience to commuters,” RTBU State Secretary Luba Grigorovitch said in a statement.

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“Between now and the stoppage, hopefully Yarra Trams will reconsider its hardline position which threatens the long-term job security of our members.”

The union wants a six per cent annual pay rise, safer conditions and job security protection.