Industrial action or not, the problems that have plagued the Sydney train network this year and frustrated commuters in the process are not going to go away.
The disastrous timetable that this state government introduced prematurely late last year without the necessary resources such as drivers and trains to deliver it is still very much in place.
So too is Transport Minister Andrew Constance's belligerent attitude to his workforce; a workforce that has kept Sydney's trains effectively running on empty.
The current dispute has never been simply about wages. Thursday's action centred on the fact that drivers are sick and tired of working 13 out of 14 days to deliver the 1500 extra services that are part of his new timetable.
The fact that the Berejiklian government had to cut 1300, or roughly two-fifths, of services on Thursday was a startling admission that Sydney's trains can only run on systematic planned organised under-staffing.
That is not a way to run a public service, certainly not a safe one if a train is driven by somebody who could be severely fatigued through constantly working excessive overtime.
But rather than praise drivers for their diligence and frankly their goodwill, Constance has sought to paint them as greedy unionists doing the political bidding of the Labor Party in Macquarie Street.
I'm surprised he hasn't pinned electricity blackouts and infrastructure blowouts on us as well but, with Constance, anything is possible.
For two years, Constance has denigrated and goaded drivers, even admitting in this very paper that driverless trains can't come soon enough. The fact both he and his boss, Berejiklian, thought that would not be a factor in these current negotiations tells you how out of touch and arrogant they are.
What the past few weeks has taught the 1 million people who use Sydney's train network daily is that this government is starving public services such as trains of the necessary public resources.
Sydney-siders have learnt to their cost through the multiple cancellations and skipped stops that a train service that exists on paper but never materialises is nothing more than a mirage.
Thursday's decision by the industrial umpire threw the Berejiklian government a lifeline and opened a window to resolve this dispute. It should now come to the table with a proposal that properly resources the train system.
Failure to do so will only further test the patience of the travelling public and drivers, both of whom have suffered enough at the hands of the hapless Andrew Constance.
Jodi McKay is Labor's transport, roads, maritime and freight spokeswoman.