we will bargain together

We will bargain together.

11 June 2021

Dear Members,

On May 7, Transport Minister Andrew Constance issued a warning to senior RTBUOfficials. If we did not allow the New Intercity Fleet into revenue service, he would force Driver Only Operation across BOTH NSW and Sydney Trains.

Clearly, the left hand has no idea what the right is doing – because if the Minister can threaten the entire NSW and Sydney Trains network, why is management so desperate to bargain separately?

In our log of claims survey, members overwhelmingly told us they want to bargain together. We have written to management at both NSW and Sydney Trains explaining clearly that our members have endorsed bargaining for one Enterprise Agreement for all employees.

We even invited them to attend a Combined Rail Union EA Delegates meeting to discuss the scope of the agreement, and they refused.

Next Wednesday, Sydney Trains have scheduled their first bargaining meeting, and your representatives will attend in good faith and once again put our position that this EA should cover the entire workforce. We are looking forward to a constructive discussion about the scope of the agreement.

It seems Management will continue to bargain separately, announcing separate bargaining teams and refusing to meet outside a timeline that they developed without consultation. This is not good enough and, should this divide and conquer agenda continue without compromise ;members will act

Members at Sydney and NSW Trains work together every single day to deliver an essential and vital service. We work together and are employed to keep the railways running by the NSW Government.

It is imminently sensible and practical for our employment conditions to be consistent and enforceable for the entire passenger railways, and we will fight to stick together.

In the interim, it is vitally important that your details are up to date and consistent between the Union and your Employer. Check that your details are up to date at work. Please reply to this email with your name, phone number, and home address and work  location to update our records.

We will be in touch soon.

In solidarity,


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: 22/06/2021