The CRU attended the 4th bargaining meeting with Sydney Trains on 9 September 2021. The CRU took exhaustive notes at the bargaining meeting and have summarised ST’s claims. You can read them here.
At this meeting, Sydney Trains presented 5 new initiatives. Given that the CRU provided our combined log weeks ago, it is disappointing that Sydney Trains has not yet provided their full log of claims or list of initiatives.
PA believes that the five initiatives will make it easier for Sydney Trains to make changes to your working conditions without the input of unions and employees, and in one instance, make wholesale changes to your PDs.
At this meeting, the CRU also presented several claims, including claims related to leave.
The claims included improvements to:
- Parental leave
- Critical incident leave for all employees
- Domestic violence leave
- Sick and carers leave
- Annual leave
- Public Holiday leave
- Compassionate/Bereavement leave
- Long service leave portability
- Professional development leave
- Special leave (COVID-19)
Management gave no indication of support for any of these claims, but did inquire about the cost implications, which gave a strong indication and perception that these claims may either be rejected or used to further lower an already terrible pay offer.
One of our reps noted:
“The management reps all had RU Really OK backgrounds up. You should have heard the feeble arguments that they aggressively put up against a lot of the union proposals that would ensure your mental health is considered.”
Engineering and CPD Claims
PA also put forward our claims for professional development leave.
Specifically, the CPD claim is for:
- Up to 3 days per year to be granted as special CPD leave for professional employees where CPD is a requirement for maintaining professional status including but not limited to:
- The leave would be employee-initiated by application to attend a CPD event hosted by a body that provides CPD of a type that is recognised by the registration entity.
- The leave is to allow for attendance at that event and could be made up of:
- the time at the event in person or online;
- travel to the event; and/or
- additional time off roster to enable the event to be attended taking into account fatigue management.
- The leave can be taken in one or more periods;
- The leave will not be unreasonably withheld;
- There is no capability to accrue the leave;
- This leave is not to be used to attend Sydney Trains or Transport for NSW events or training; and
- This leave will be additional to any training or registration support already provided by Sydney Trains.
It is noted that some professions may require less than the equivalent of 3 days CPD per year. Where this is the case, the amount of CPD time available would be the sum of the maximum hours of CPD required and any reasonable travel time or extra time off roster to enable attendance.
Support for Engineering and engineering registration
To advance our claim for better support for engineering and engineering registration, PA is seeking:
- An engineering conversion clause, that allows any employee with an engineering qualification to have their role considered an ‘engineering role’ for the purpose of this agreement:
- This would be by application; and
- Would not be unreasonably refused.
- An annual allowance of $1200 for anyone in an engineering role who obtains and maintains engineering registration status;
- Access to the CPD leave (if relevant) and support for registration for employees in engineering roles as described above;
- inclusion of a supporting policy developed with Professionals Australia which will not be amended or removed without PA’s consent.
We will put our detailed claim to Sydney Trains in writing in the coming days and will advise members of progress or changes to these claims.
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