Firstly, contrary to the media reporting that there has been an agreement or deal reached with the Government, late yesterday a productive meeting was held with the Transport Minister, the Employee Relations Minister, and the Transport Secretary, late last night we put a position in writing to them.

It was made clear to both the Ministers and to Journalists, anything that comes out of the meeting yesterday has to be put to the delegate team prior to any action being withdrawn by RTBU members.

As there has been no agreement reached yet, the actions are still on.

The proposition put last night contains 10 items we are fighting for in this enterprise agreement, which if achieved, would be a huge step forward in our bargaining campaign. In exchange, the Government is asking for 6-weeks of intense negotiations with the entire CRU and the Transport Minister in an attempt to bring this negotiation closer to being finalised.

We would welcome the Minister (a decision maker) at the table. It has been one of our key asks the whole time. We will keep members up to date as things develop in this space.

As for the EA Negotiation meeting held yesterday, we did see a bit of movement on some minor claims, which was refreshing, but it was otherwise underwhelming.

The items that we agreed to were:

  • The ability to refer a dispute to FWC for a “status quo order” without completing all the steps in the Dispute Procedure
  • The right to take sick leave for scheduled and elective surgery
  • Allowing all first responders to incidents access to specialised medical care paid for by the employer
  • Remove managements right (although not currently used) to roster Guards and Drivers on split shifts

And finally, in the long running battle to allow many Sydney Trains members to wear shorts, management have agreed to Station Staff wearing shorts, and allow Shunters and Infrastructure Workers to engage an independent expert to risk assess their right to wear shorts. This is great news, but something that we never should have had to fight. Just another sign of the disrespect management have continued to show members this entire process.

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: 18/03/2022