we will bargain together

4 July 2022

Dear members,

This morning the Premier of our state spat his dummy out.

Upset about ongoing industrial action being taken by Railway Workers, Nurses, and Teachers, the Premier proclaimed that the public sector was paid too much and that we should accept that our pay shouldn’t go up.

Ironically, to justify not increasing pay, the Premier stated cost of living pressures, such as the interest rate rise, that mean people are already doing it tough. So, the Premier wants to reduce our pay so we can deal with ever increasing bills and prices?

The Premier has also said that he’s taking our union to the Fair Work Commission (again) in an attempt to stop us exercising our fundamental human right to take industrial action against our employer.

We’ll fight it again, just like we did last time. Once again, the only people that win from Court action like this are the lawyers.

When will the NSW Government learn that the only way to stop industrial action and to win the respect of workers is to give us a safe railway and the fair pay and conditions we deserve? The answer is probably never while we have a Government that fundamentally despises organised labour.

What members should take from this morning’s dummy spit (both in writing in the Telegraph and in the press conference) is that we’re getting to them. The collective might of our union should never be underestimated.

We have just been advised that the NSW Government has filed in the Fair Work Commission to terminate our industrial action. The case has been listed for a procedural hearing this afternoon at 4.30pm.

Please keep a close eye on your emails and phones over the next couple of days for updates as things go on.

You can also keep up to date by visiting www.ourrightsourfight.com.au

In Unity,
RTBU NSW

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
nswho@rtbu-nsw.asn.au
www.rtbu-nsw.asn.au

Last modified: 04/07/2022