Sydney & NSW Trains Update 25 October
Transport backs down in face of increasing industrial action
Late Friday the CRU via Thomas Costa had discussions with the secretary of transport. During those and previous discussions over the 9 days, it is becoming increasingly clear that the industrial action is having a huge impact.
Over the course of Saturday 23 the CRU wrote outlining our desired outcome in relation to joint bargaining, increased frequency of meetings and a removal of the regressive 0.3% wage offer from the table.
Transport have agreed to our demands, so as a sign of goodwill, the following industrial actions have been cancelled by the CRU from Monday:
- RTBU Two-week ban on the performance of Foreign Depot working for Train Crew;
- RTBU Two-week ban on overtime;
- RTBU A ban on infrastructure workers performing ‘detailed walks’ for track certification purposes scheduled for Tuesday 26 October 2021;
- ASU Two-day ban on overtime Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October 2021; and
- RTBU & ASU rolling 1 hour stoppages to take place at the ROC and signal boxes.
Other industrial action is unimpeded and continues.
What does this mean for PA members.
Firstly, our industrial actions are unaffected, with our Protected Industrial Actions were reviewed by delegates this morning.
It also means that the CRU protected industrial action is having a significant impact. It should encourage members to take part in the industrial actions to ensure that we continue to apply pressure on Sydney and NSW Trains to bargain together for a common set of core conditions, preferably contained in a single enterprise agreement.
Meeting with Minister- the right people are listening.
Gordon Brock (NSW Director) and Natalie Falvey joined Secretaries and senior officials to meet with the transport minister today. While no additional progress was made at this meeting, it does indicate that the right people are listening.
We have been told to expect a response on Wednesday.
You can read the CRU bulletin about the meeting here.
Two weeks of intensive bargaining.
Sydney and NSW Trains have agreed to meet with us together from Wednesday 27 October for 2 weeks of intensive bargaining. Whilst the details are being worked through, this means your delegates will be busy in bargaining for the next two weeks. Once this bargaining commences, we will provide daily updates. Standby for details.
No Deed no EA- Action may need to escalate.
It is noted that at our last EA meeting union delegates advised Sydney Trains that if there is no deed there is no EA.
Many other outstanding claims remain unaddressed. PA along with the CRU may need to notify new actions in the coming weeks.
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