20 February 2022

Dear Members,

Now that we’ve fended off the NSW Government’s attack on our rights to take industrial action, we are preparing for further action commencing at 00.01hrs on Monday morning.

Management contacted us this morning with their understanding of how the altered working ban would work operationally. It became clear very quickly that they had absolutely no clue. Sceptically one could think that they were trying to get more out of their failed FWC attempt yesterday. At the time of writing, their lawyers are still threatening to take us back to FWC to try and renege on the agreement reached yesterday.

There are still 7 actions on for this fortnight:

  • Train Crew will not accept altered working
  • Continuing the Foreign Depot working ban
  • Train Crew to sign on and off at their appointed Home Depot.
  • Train Crew will not accept transpositions slips
  • A ban on the issuing of transposition slips
  • A ban on working with contractors
  • Regional Drivers will not accept changes to current timetabled stopping patterns

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that management are responsible for ensuring that our railway keeps running. It is not up to members to ensure logistically that things keep going, that’s on management. If work is banned, simply don’t perform it. Its up to management to figure out how to run the railway around our bans.

We’ve set out information about how the bans will work below. If you have specific questions, please contact your delegate or organiser.

Train Crew will not accept altered working

Train Crew are not accepting Altered Working. Apply this ban by following these steps:

  1. Crew are to check the baseline Diagram/Schedule they are rostered to work and sign on to work at that time. Since Sydney and NSW Trains haven’t made the necessary arrangements, it is likely there will be disruptions.
  2. Members are advised to call the supervisor/assigner after signing on to locate their train or work as directed.
  3. Members are reminded to ensure their crib break is legal and that they own their diagram/schedule sign on and sign off times.

There are plenty of ways that Sydney and NSW Trains could accommodate this, but at this stage, it is unclear what their plans are.

Don’t be confused about managements communication on this ban, it is still 100% on, however we have told them that if there is a major incident or safety issue to call the union and we would work to clear the risk.

Continuing the Foreign Depot working ban

This means refusing to perform any “foreign depot” work. The ban is very similar to the ban requiring Train Crew to sign on and off at their appointed Home Depot. It is likely that management will simply avoid rostering foreign depot work, however they may try it on.

If you are rostered to perform foreign depot work, all you have to do is refuse the work and sign on at your Home Depot at your rostered start time.

Train Crew to sign on and off at their appointed Home Depot.

This ban is simple. Always sign on and off at your appointed Home Depot. Its then up to management to make sure you can perform your work.

Train Crew will not accept transpositions slips & ban on the issuing of transposition slips

This ban stops members from issuing or accepting transposition slips and essentially outlaws transpositions for the next fortnight. So for Train Crew if somebody brings you a transposition slip, simply state “I am not accepting transpositions”, and for those issuing in the ROC, in Signal Boxes, or on Stations, if a transposition is requested or sent, stop it when it gets to you.

Once again, if there is a major incident or safety issue, management will contact the union and we will work to clear any risk. But don’t listen to management on this, only take advice on whether to deal with transpositions from the union.

A ban on working with contractors

This ban applies to contractors performing the same work as members. The easiest example of this is for cleaners, where contractors are present performing the same work. If contractors are present performing work, then members should cease work until they leave the workplace.

Regional Drivers will not accept changes to current timetabled stopping patterns

This ban is self-explanatory. If there is a change to the current timetabled stopping patterns, continue working to the stopping patterns that applied before the change. If it is impossible to continue to perform the stopping patterns, members should stop work until a solution is arrived at by management to allow you to work those stopping patterns.

In Unity,

RTBU NSW

Issued & authorised by Alex Claassens, Secretary, Rail, Tram and Bus Union – NSW Branch

Level 4, 321 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 92642511
Fax: (02) 92611342
nswho@rtbu-nsw.asn.au
www.rtbu-nsw.asn.au

Last modified: 25/02/2022