Posted on 26-9-2014
On Friday, 19 September 2014 the count was complete and members in Sydney Trains and NSW Trains voted to accept the most recent deal tabled by management after extensive negotiations, including 48 meetings over almost 12 months, with the Combined Rail Unions (CRU).
Details of the vote are as follows:
In August members from every workplace across the network attended meetings to hear the offer outlined by management and to ask questions of the Combined Rail Unions.
The CRU did not advocate a ‘Yes’ vote because it believed it was up to the members themselves to be the judge of the value of the deal to them and their families.
Members and delegates have a right to be proud of the strength and determination demonstrated over nearly a year of intense negotiations especially in the face of the bosses initial Log of Claims which would have stripped away all workplace rights and entitlements down to the Modern Award bare minimum. Members remained resolute and united in order to achieve the result they have endorsed.
In accordance with the decision of the CRU delegate’s conference resolution passed on 12 August 2014 an application to certify both Agreements will be made immediately. Members will be updated on progress of registering the Agreements and execution of the deed.