1 April 2022

Dear Members

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, your EA Delegates met with Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, and Transport for NSW in our continued fight to secure a fair enterprise agreement.

We spoke about a number of claims from our log, with Sydney Trains and NSW Trains continuing to move towards agreement on several of them. We discussed the following:

  • Changing critical incident leave to include near misses, and also include indirect exposure to incidents.
  • Sydney Trains agreement to withdraw their infrastructure rostering claim and put it into clause 12 – facilitation.
  • Wearing of badges at work, including a process to resolve disputes and ensure consistency across workplaces.
  • Introducing lactation breaks and dedicated facilities for breastfeeding and expressing into the agreement.
  • The establishment of a Protection Officer classification into the agreement, and the hiring of Sydney Trains Protection Officers.
  • The right to wear shorts for shunters
  • Wording around the Deed
  • 20 days paid Domestic Violence Leave
  • Claims regarding PPE – Sydney and NSW Trains have agreed to give all members a limit of $1000 to source appropriate PPE, including for prescription eyewear, orthotics and other specialty aides/devices

Notable movement this week was Sydney Trains’ agreeing to create and add a standalone Protection Officers role into the Agreement and direct hire a number of Sydney Trains PO’s.

While this is a massive step in the right direction, what they are offering is nowhere near good enough and will require much further negotiation. Sydney Trains’ intention is to create a grand total of 12 Protection Officer positions and they have suggested that these PO’s will also perform mixed duties separate to the core work that PO’s currently do. We have tabled this for intensive discussion next week in the hopes of reaching an acceptable position.

Finally, EA delegates met today to come up with a plan to make sure members voices are platformed over the course of these negotiations. EA delegates and organisers will be visiting members at every possible opportunity over the next 5 weeks to get their feedback on what’s been negotiated so far and hear what members want tackled at the table next.

We will update members accordingly as progress is made.

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: 01/04/2022