The instructional video provided by the company “is not likely to found a basis for a reasonable concern by an employee about an imminent risk to the employee’s health and safety”, Mr Gostencnik said.
The RTBU’s assistant secretary of the locomotive division, Jim Chrysostomou, said Metro’s actions were “heavy handed” and accused the company of bullying drivers.
“The drivers have a right under safety laws to make a determination on whether it is safe or unsafe … Metro can’t take responsibility for the drivers’ actions, only a driver can.
“I think this is heavy handed and they’re aware of what the safety issues are, but in true Metro fashion, rather than deal with the issue, they want to bully or coerce people into performing a role or a task that the individual deems to be unsafe.”
Services on the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines resumed on Monday following a four-week-long shutdown.
The Fair Work case, brought by Metro on Friday, continued through to midnight on Saturday. It is likely to return again this week in the wake of the drivers’ actions and Metro’s response.
The Age has approached Metro Trains for comment.
More to come.