Rail, Aviation and Transport

Rail, Aviation and Transport


Peter Moss - Friday, December 15, 2017

Frustrated rail workers are voting on protected industrial action after six months of fruitless negotiations.

Ballot papers hit letterboxes this week in a crucial poll that could open a new front in the battle for a fair deal at Sydney Trains.

At stake are future pay rises, job security and safety concerns around the uncontrolled spread of contractors.

ETU organiser Ben Lister urged ETU members to vote ‘yes’ to all action options on the ballot paper.

‘We need a very strong yes vote to make management sit up and take notice. We’ve talked and talked but Sydney Trains has not listened. This ballot is our members’ opportunity to put a rocket up them,’ said Ben.

‘I urge all ETU members to complete and return their voting papers without delay. Do it today.’

Management has refused to release productivity data that could underpin the union case for substantial wage rises.

‘What has Sydney Trains got to hide? We know ETU members are massively more productive. Our people are working harder than ever before and new technology has supercharged our efficiency,’ said Ben.

An ETU survey found that reasonable wage rises, job security and no loss of conditions are the key priorities for rail members.

Bargaining is under the auspices of the Combined Rail Unions which include the ETU, RTBU and five other unions.