On Tuesday 8 October 2013 the Combined Rail Unions (CRU) met with the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian to commence discussions on 2014 enterprise bargaining process. At the meeting the Minister outlined her vision and expectations of bargaining for the new rail entities.
The unions were advised by the Government they wished to organise a meeting with the CRU to outline their log of claims for the upcoming negotiations. The CRU are now in the process of organising a time and date for this meeting to occur.
While the meeting focused on the process for negotiations the CRU was provided with the following information:
The Government has a preference for 3 agreements to cover Sydney Trains, NSW Trains and RailCorp (the residual entity). The responsibility for negotiating the industrial conditions for Transport Cleaning Services (TCS) and RailCorp (the residual entity) will be done by Sydney Trains.
The Minister advised the CRU she was required to implement Government policy which includes an ongoing reform program. No details of any further or ongoing reforms were provided at the meeting.
The Government will provide a schedule of proposed meetings for enterprise bargaining which will occur over coming months.
The CRU was advised that some of the key policies the Government intends to discuss include:
There was no further discussion of this at the meeting.
The CRU advised the Government it will be required to consistently consult and seek direction from the membership throughout the negotiations. To ensure this occurs the CRU made a formal request to have delegates and members released during the negotiations to ensure members have direct input through various forums including workplace meetings, delegate meetings and paid member meetings.