We resume EBA negotiations with Sydney Trains this morning. ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (Ben Lister is currently on leave) and ETU President Glen Potter continue to do a great job at the bargaining table – often under trying circumstances.
We conducted an SMS poll of our rail members on Tuesday and the message came back loud and clear: most ETU members want Sydney Trains to improve its offer from the current 2.75 per cent per year. The ETU will vigorously pursue an improved offer in all meetings.
Unfortunately the Protected Action Ballot of ETU members conducted in late-December/early January did not meet the 50 per cent participation rate required to authorise industrial action. This means unfortunately we cannot support the RTBU in their current overtime ban or in Monday’s planned stoppage. But of those ETU members who did vote in the Ballot, a big majority voted ‘YES’ to all proposed actions.
We are now re-balloting all rail members with voting scheduled from early February. Please ensure we have your current contact details so you can participate. I urge you to vote ‘YES’. ETU leaders will run depot meetings to coincide with the ballot – please attend and have your say.
Stay tuned for further updates. We will inform members of any news emerging from negotiations later today.
For further information, contact organiser Anthony O’Sullivan on 0429 429 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively talk to your workplace delegate. To update your details for the Ballot please contact the ETU office on 02 9267 4844.