we will bargain together

12 November 2021

Dear Members,

On, Thursday 11 November 2021, we heard mainly from Sydney Trains Management as they gave responses to your claims concerning Engineering and Maintenance workers.

Disappointingly, some big-ticket items were rejected:

  1. Strengthening provisions against Contractors, Supplementary Labour and Outsourcing (Claims 4.4.6 and 4.4.7).
  • Sydney Trains at one point had the audacity to say that labour hire use had decreased to justify that these provisions were not needed.
  • Sydney Trains even claimed to not know that one of the cleaning companies regularly used employed underpaid cleaners! Shame!
  1. Improved rostering provisions for Section 5 workers (a long list in Claim 15.2)
  • Sydney Trains told us that they were trying to increase flexibility (for management, not workers) in their Infrastructure Rostering proposal.
  • Their reason was so that they can be more competitive in attracting workers.
  • This makes no sense because we know that increased flexibility in rostering means poorer work life balance.
  • The real solution is to address understaffing. Sydney Trains needs to hire more workers and take worker fatigue and rostering concerns seriously if they really want to attract and retain workers.

Unsurprisingly, there again were only a limited number of new items from today that received full or partial agreement from management:

  • Transferring Infrastructure Workers to Category 2 Medical Assessments
  • Meal Allowance Claims for Section 3 and 5 Workers
  • Increasing entitlement to be absent from work to 10 hours after a call out for Section 5 workers

 We’ve put together a table detailing Sydney Trains and NSW Trains’ response to our claims, click below to have a look.

Our next meeting will be a wrap up on the last two weeks of intensive bargaining:

  • Transport for NSW’s report back on their consultation proposal for Disciplinary Matters
  • Wages
  • Facilitation Clauses
  • Critical Incident Leave
  • A summary of all claims accepted, rejected and under consideration by Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.


We will continue to ensure that members interests are the primary focus of these negotiations.


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

Last modified: 12/11/2021