Professionals Australia reps and members get a win in transfer of timesheets to equip.
Professionals Australia members raised a number of concerns in relation to transferring timekeeping and timesheets to equip.
Concerns were mainly around
1. Rostering arrangements
2. Change of the way public holidays are dealt with in relation to ADOs
As a result of negotiations by PA reps, Sydney Trains clarified that staff who are rostered will not be included in this change. This means that areas that had rostering concerns should not be impacted.
Additionally in relation to the concern about 3.5 hours that will no longer accrue toward ADOs on public holidays, ST committed to allowing members to round sign on and sign off times to the nearest 5 minutes (in the members favour) to make up for this time. This could see a net benefit to staff over the course of the year.
PA are still awaiting written confirmation of this arrangement, but an in principal agreement has been reached, and members can claim this as a win.
Credit to the PA representatives who collected, collated and presented this information to Sydney Trains, in particular Allen Nierinckx and John Nash, who argued the case and attended the meetings.
It is of note that no other unions’ delegates stood up and took this on, so well done to all the PA reps.
Members will be aware that we wrote to Sydney Trains earlier in the year about the engineering registration bill, and requested that Sydney Trains meet with Professionals Australia about the implementation of Engineering registration at Sydney Trains.
Sydney Trains last week informed us that a cluster wide approach will be taken and that we can expect a response from Transport for NSW in the coming weeks…. Stay tuned for further.
Members will be aware that the Sydney Trains Enterprise agreement is expiring in May 2021. This means we will be negotiating a new agreement very soon.
The NSW government is talking about a 0.3% pay rise followed by 2 years with a pay rise capped at 1.5%. Members have strongly rejected the idea of a zero percent pay-rise in our survey and subsequent discussions.
You will be aware that over the course of this year PA has conducted a member survey, and held focus groups to identify the issues that are of concern to members.
Reps are now putting together a draft log of claims which will be presented to members for endorsement once finalised.
Professionals Australia would like to thank the many members who have contributed to the survey and the feedback groups over the past 6 months.
The EMD reformation is still in the works, nothing formally announced which means it is looking increasingly like it will occur during the negotiations of the new EA.
The SPI reform proposal has employees moving to SPI from EMD Customer operations and from other parts of the business, it also as employees moving out of SPI into other parts of the business. This has been advised as predominantly a reporting line change, but members already are asking what happens next.
Professionals Australia have already met with some impacted members and some legitimate concerns raised. If you are impacted and have concerns please contact Professionals Australia rep Adrian Catt or your workplace delegate to organise a meeting or discuss your concerns.