we will bargain together

22 September 2021

Dear Members,

On Thursday 23rd of September, members across the network will be doing a 24-hour “work to rule” action.

Work to Rule, simply put, means we will strictly follow all policies and procedures set out by the employer. No going above and beyond, simply fulfilling the bare requirements of our roles.

This shows the bosses how ridiculous many of their policies and procedures are, and how much extra work members put in to keep trains running. If all members followed all Sydney and NSW Trains policies and procedures at all times and didn’t go out of their way to work as hard as we do, the railways would be a shambles and trains would hardly run.

We have kept essential workers on track and ensured everyone is safe on public transport during the pandemic. Management have shown clear disrespect for our time and work, and still won’t come to the table to negotiate a fair pay rise and improved conditions.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trains depend on us, and how much we care about our work, to keep things running but then pull stunts like cancelling bargaining meetings at short notice.

This demonstrates blatant disregard for us and our work. We deserve better and we can win this together.

Tomorrow’s work to rule action is designed to show just what a difference our work makes.

That means we will be doing things like:

  • Infrastructure members not going out to commence work unless a Work Group Leader is present
  • Not running trains if they don’t meet minimum standards
  • Strictly following Train Crew Attesting and Sign-on/Sign-off procedures
  • And a range of other actions set at each work site.

What: Network-wide “Work to Rule” action

When: 0001 hrs Thursday 23rd September until 2400

We all want a safe and secure network that is run by workers who are respected.

Together, we can show management the consequences of not respecting us. Talk to your delegates and organiser about what your site is doing today.

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: 24/09/2021