19 May 2022

Dear Members,

As you will have seen through media reports, today we met with the Transport and Employee Relations Minsters and Transport for NSW to further discussions around the New InterCity Fleet and our new enterprise agreement.

You may remember that last week, Minister Tudehope told us that he would not support our claims going to the secretive “Expenditure Review Committee” (ERC) to ensure safety on the New Intercity Fleet, or our claim for One Agreement for all members at Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.

All week, members have been sending letters to the Ministers on the ERC to hold them to account on Transport’s commitment to ensure safety on the NIF, and to honour the claims they have agreed to during this bargaining process.

At the meeting, Ministers Elliot and Tudehope and TfNSW told us that the changes that we have been saying need to be made to the New InterCity Fleet will be made, provided they do not void the “warranty” of the fleet. We are still not clear what this means, and we’ve asked for more information on this.

The Government wants NIFs entering revenue service as soon as possible. If we can guarantee the safety of the NIF, then we’re not against the new trains.

Our One Agreement claim has once again been agreed to, which is great for the unity of our members across the network.

While things appear to be moving in a positive direction, there are still a range of outstanding issues that need to be worked through, and there is still work to be done on the costings of the whole package that is set to go before the NSW Government’s Economic
Review Committee.

What is clear, however, is that the resolve and unity of RTBU members has forced the NSW Government to back pedal on Minister Tudehope’s and Treasurer Matt Kean’s plan to force an unsafe NIF onto the tracks. Nevertheless, together we are inching towards the fair enterprise agreement that we all deserve.

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: 20/05/2022