Further discussions were held today between Sydney and NSW Trains, RailCorp and the Combined Rail Unions.
The employers continued to discuss the changes they are seeking as a result of their interpretation of the NSW Government Policies and how they believe they should apply to the federal RailCorp Enterprise Agreement.
This is being done under the pretence of keeping the railways a viable Public Sector Entity and keeping people in jobs (a contrast to the Government's stated intention to cut Public Sector job numbers).
Each Sydney Trains director was invited to give a brief overview of the operating model for their areas:
Train Cleaning Services; and
NSW Trains then outlined their operations.
The employers are consistently pushing the need for extensive changes to existing conditions and methods of rostering, arrangements for penalties, hours and payments.
This is being done in the name of flexibility and for the benefit of the customer and improved customer service but nothing in the name of the employees!
An interesting comment was made in regards to 'assets' and the fact that one of these entities has no real assets. This is a clear indication that thousands of staff are not considered to be assets by the employer.
There is a Combined Rail Unions' Delegates conference on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. The aim is for the delegates to put together a draft “Log of Claims” that will then be taken out to Combined Rail Union members at workplace meetings for endorsement.