The framework for upcoming negotiations and the number of agreements that workers could be covered under were the key focus of preliminary discussions regarding the Sydney and NSW Trains 2014 Enterprise Agreement held today.
The Rail Entities representatives at the meeting outlined in greater detail what they consider to be the coverage of the agreement/s; the implications of NSW Government policy on the 2014 agreements; the importance of aligning the new agreements with government and industry standards; as well as the upcoming schedule of meetings.
Of particular interest was the Rail Entities representatives’ indication that they are looking to introduce three to five new agreements that could potentially cover:
Sydney Trains Train Crew;
Sydney Trains Infrastructure;
NSW Trains; and
Transport Cleaning Services.
The management representatives also indicated that they’re looking for “flexibility” in the new agreement that would free the parties of the perceived “constraints” of clauses of the current 2010 EA.
The Combined Rail Union representatives are currently looking over the very limited documentation provided by the company representatives in order to identify key areas that have the potential to impact workers and the travelling public.
A delegate’s conference will be held on Tuesday 26 November at which it is expected that Rail Entities representatives will further expand on their position and allow delegates to put questions to the management team.