12 May 2022
Earlier today, we attended a meeting with Transport Minister, David Elliott, and Industrial Relations Minister, Damian Tudehope, to discuss the Sydney and NSW Trains Enterprise Agreement.
We went into the meeting anticipating a constructive discussion, but instead we were faced with an Industrial Relations Minister who is clearly determined to stand in the way of commuter safety and members getting the fair enterprise agreement they deserve.
Despite management at Sydney Trains, NSW Trains and Transport for NSW stating that they supported over 80 of our claims, including One Agreement and all of our NIF claims just hours before the meeting, Minister Tudehope said he would refuse to endorse the single enterprise agreement covering both Sydney and NSW Trains, and he is refusing to acknowledge our concerns or make any changes to the new InterCity Fleet to ensure its safe operation.
To make matters worse, just hours before meeting Minister Tudehope, Transport for NSW sent us a letter agreeing to our claim for alterations to the NIF including the removal of traction interlocking from the crew cab doors, relocating the bell and door controls, and relocating the CCTV screens from obstructing the drivers vision.
It was a disgraceful act from a Minister who is clearly more interested in playing politics than in delivering a safe rail network.
What is next?
This afternoon we have met with EA delegates to discuss today’s developments and plan our response. Tomorrow, we will be holding an all delegate hook up to brief and discuss next steps.
As far as we’re concerned, negotiations will continue as planned next week and we are hopeful that the other Ministers in Cabinet see more sense than the IR Minister. Minister Tudehope is only one Minister, and we need to lean on the others involved to do the right thing by our members and the community.
As always, our delegates will determine the next steps in our campaign for a fair enterprise agreement.
Stay tuned for more information, and please don’t hesitate to contact your local delegate if you have any questions or concerns.
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