2 March 2022
It has now been over a week since the shutdown of the rail network, and we have still not heard an apology from either the NSW Government, or senior management from Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, or Transport for NSW.
On Sunday, we received a letter from Transport for NSW containing a proposal to try and move bargaining forward. Your delegates have considered that proposal and we have sent through a counter proposal which will be put to affected employees should Transport agree in-principle to its contents.
On Monday, we met with the Transport Minister at his request where we pressed him on his commitment on the New Intercity Fleet, and told him in no uncertain terms that members were committed to fight for a fair enterprise agreement.
Apart from that, there has been eery silence as the Government and bureaucracy continue finger pointing and laying fault at each others feet following the debacle last week. The public sentiment and media are still well and truly with members.
The blow we landed on the Government last week was due to serious action being called and taken by Train Crew with the support of members in the Rail Operations Centre and Station Staff.
This EA negotiation has been about supporting each other and standing strong in the face of aggressive management tactics. And we will continue to do so throughout bargaining. We have seen some big wins over the past month, and the momentum is with us.
We also need to celebrate our wins, and last week was a win. Management will be gun shy after their failed shutdown. Now’s the chance to get as much out of them as we can.
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