we will bargain together

25 February 2022

Dear Members

What a mess the NSW Government and transport bureaucrats have got themselves into this week. And it is still continuing.

After Transport for NSW & The NSW Government’s outrageous rail shutdown on Monday, the Transport Minister met with us on Tuesday and promised to take a lead on delivering us a written response to a range of our claims.

Three days later, we are yet to hear from him.

We are not interested in their political infighting and finger pointing – we’re interested in getting an agreement that delivers for members and for the travelling public. While the NSW Government and transport management are running around trying to save their own skin, we’re concentrating on getting the safety and employment conditions we need to see in our enterprise agreement delivered.

That’s why we’re continuing the range of protected industrial actions that commenced on February 21st. Because we are yet to get meaningful, written action from this government that delivers what members and the public deserve.

A reminder that the following actions remain in place this week:

  • 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

These actions, of course, should not impact getting the Monday timetable up and running for commuters. As the whole of the state – and the country – now knows, that was never the intention.

Our intention always has been to pressure the NSW Government into delivering an enterprise agreement that enshrines your basic rights and delivers a safe railway. Together, we’ll continue to put that pressure on.


We will of course update you when we, eventually, hear back from the NSW Government.

In the meantime, thank you for standing together. Thank you for standing up for your fellow workers and the commuters of this state. The way the NSW Government treated rail workers this week was atrocious, but in the face of it all we’ve continued to stand united and show who the real defenders of our transport system are.

If you have any questions about the actions taking place this week, please don’t hesitate to speak with your local delegate of the union office.

In unity,


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

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Last modified: 15/03/2022