1 November 2021

Dear Members,

Today was our fourth day of intensive bargaining with Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. Today was frustrating with long periods of waiting as the employers took time to consider their position on the process of dealing with each claim in our log of claims.

Showing that this bargaining is progressing, at the start of today’s meeting there were some concessions made around some of the more aggressive claims made by Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.

  1. Sydney Trains have dropped their claim to replace the disputes resolution clause with the Fair Work Commission minimum model clause.
  1. Sydney Trains have dropped their claim to replace the consultation clause with the Fair Work Commission minimum model clause.
  1. NSW Trains have dropped their claims to remove clauses 12 and 13 in their entirety, meaning that these clauses will remain in the agreement.

This is good news for all members. These are important clauses that give members and delegates power to deal with disputes, be consulted properly on workplace change, and to ensure that a deal is a deal and the employer cannot just change major conditions of employment at a whim.

Unfortunately, neither employer provided any response to any of our claims today. This is an important part of bargaining and we call on them to provide responses so delegates can determine what the next steps are.

Tomorrow, your delegates are meeting to caucus on where bargaining is at so far, and what the strategy is for the next few days of intensive bargaining. Delegates and organisers will also be out and about tomorrow speaking to members about bargaining.

Remember, you can find information and resources about the bargaining campaign at www.ourrightsourfight.com.au.

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: 01/11/2021