30 November 2021

Dear Members,

Last Friday, we continued negotiations with Sydney Trains and NSW Trains following the intensive bargaining period earlier in the month. The day’s meeting was slightly different with some focussed discussions in the morning session regarding the New Intercity Fleet (NIF) and Infrastructure rostering related claims.

New Intercity Fleet

Around 2 weeks ago, the RTBU sent the Transport Secretary a letter containing a full list of our demands to ensure that the NIF and its operating model is safe for our members and the travelling public.  The meeting involved discussions around that letter and what changes would need to take place on the train and associated infrastructure and their preparedness to make those changes.  NSW Trains and Transport have agreed to provide us their response in writing. We will update members when we receive that response.


Delegates and officials acknowledged that there has been some movement and productive conversations with Sydney Trains around its proposal, however we are a long way off reaching an agreement. Infrastructure negotiations will continue, but our delegates made it clear that our members will not entertain the Sydney Trains proposal in its current form.

Failure to act on action items

We raised the persistent failure of management to adhere to its own undertakings to provide answers to questions and relevant material at agreed times. By not responding to union proposals by agreed deadlines, management are yet again delaying what has already been a slow and drawn-out process. We also raised  concerns regarding Sydney Trains and NSW Trains tactics in relation to management requesting separate meetings with delegates outside of scheduled bargaining meetings. We demanded that this not take place again.

Protected Action Calendar

It has become abundantly clear through the intensive bargaining period, and listening to our members, that further industrial action is necessary to move management to speed up the process and get us closer to an agreement that meets members expectations. We’ve prepared an advent calendar for December which you can download and print out for your workplace at www.ourrightsourfight.com.au. Please ensure that it is posted in a prominent place and discuss it in your workplace.

Remember, Our Rights, Our Fight.

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: 30/11/2021