Rail, Aviation and Transport

Rail, Aviation and Transport

SYDNEY TRAINS EBA BALLOT RESULT

Paul Lister - Monday, March 26, 2018

In results announced on Saturday, approximately 53 per cent of Sydney Trains employees voted ‘YES’ to the enterprise agreement.

The majority vote means the EBA will proceed to the Fair Work Commission for certification.

The key elements of the agreement relevant to ETU members include:

  • a total wage increase of 9 per cent, in three annual 3 per cent instalments. This breaks the 2.5 per cent cap imposed under NSW Government wages policy
  • a one-off $1,000 cash bonus
  • an extended Staff Travel Pass that includes private bus and metro networks
  • an expanded Contracting Out Clause that establishes a new Consultative Committee which will allow the ETU to vet any proposal to contract out electrical work
  • the protection of wage relativities that recognise the skills and qualifications of electrical workers
  • the establishment of a Protection Officer trial that potentially opens a new career path for ETU members
  • an improved redeployment and redundancy cap in the Deed, up from 52 to 64 weeks
  • seven days Domestic Violence Leave
  • all current conditions maintained.

Sydney Trains EBA Update - 8 March

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 08, 2018

The time has come to vote on the offer put forward by Sydney Trains.

I want to say from the outset that the ETU negotiating team has done a remarkable job to get to the position we are in. As part of the combined union negotiation committee they have been meeting constantly for months to try and extract the best possible outcomes from Sydney Trains management. The fact that the we have managed to break the Governments long held 2.5% wages cap is outstanding and will be viewed by other parts of the public sector as a great win and precedent. On top of this all of your conditions have been maintained and a number of them enhanced.

The new contracting out arrangement is a marked improvement on the previous agreement and will make it more difficult for your employer to contract work out. The redundancy provisions within the deed have been increased to sixty-four weeks for voluntary redundancies. These are on top of other improved conditions including the expanded travel pass, improved meal allowance and the classifications structure which will give us an opportunity to further increase the wages of some employees including a review of protection officers.

Overall I believe this is the best outcome that could be attained through negotiations under a hostile liberal state government.  Should members vote to reject the agreement, the ability for ETU members to take protected industrial action remains an option and the ETU is ready to support members in any future industrial campaign.

Dave McKinley
Secretary

SAFETY ALERT - TAKATA AIRBAGS

Paul Lister - Friday, March 02, 2018

Dear ETU Members.

Product Safety Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Governments Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this week issued a product recall relating to Takata Airbags. This recall is compulsory due to significant safety risks and affects a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motor cycles.

THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

If your employer has any of the affected vehicles in their fleet you should first contact your supervisor to find out if the mandatory recall work has been completed or to report that your vehicle is impacted by the product recall.

The ACCC has advised the following:

It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

If you have any issues arising in the workplace relating to the operation of affected vehicles please immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
Secretary

Sydney Trains Members Vote to Support of Industrial Action

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 01, 2018

ETU members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action at Sydney Trains in the event that management’s proposed agreement is rejected at next week’s vote.

More than 50% of ETU members participated in the Protect Action Ballot. Up to 95% of those voting supported various forms of industrial action ranging from indefinite stoppages to work bans. This result will allow ETU members to participate in any future industrial campaign.

Over the past two weeks management has toured depots and workplaces to present its current offer. The proposal includes a number of items secured by ETU members in negotiations, including an improved contracting out clause that provides ETU members with direct representation on any future contracting out proposals. ETU action has also ensured trade relativities will be maintained within the pay structure with electrically-qualified staff recognised for our skills and training.

Voting on the proposed agreement will commence next Tuesday, 6 March. A result will be declared during the week commencing 19 March. In the event that the proposed agreement is voted down, the ETU, along with the Combined Rail Unions, is now in a position to proceed to industrial action in a campaign to further improve the offer.

Management’s current offer includes three annual pay increases of 3%, a one-off $1,000 bonus per employee and an expanded travel pass. The ETU encourages members to study the proposed agreement and vote either YES or NO, based on your considered assessment of the offer. Should you have any questions or want to discuss any element of the proposal please contact your workplace delegate or ETU Organiser Anthony O’Sullivan – 0429 429 234 / anthonyo@etunsw.com.au