Rail, Aviation and Transport
Rail, Aviation and Transport
The incident at Clarendon, near Richmond, forced Sydney Trains to issue an urgent safety action notice on 9 November.
The notice ordered overhead wiring staff and contractors to tighten bolts and perform quality assurance checks in future.
The safety failure is just the latest involving infrastructure work carried out on the Sydney rail network by the private sector Novo Rail Alliance.
In September, Novo Rail was busted using unqualified employees to perform dangerous high-voltage linework.
On that occasion six Novo Rail workers were ordered off the job at North Strathfield by a Sydney Trains Safety Inspector.
The ETU has received other reports of sloppy, potentially dangerous work by contractors including recently at Glenfield.
ETU President and rail delegate Glen Potter called on Sydney Trains to revise arrangements with Novo Rail with the aim of bring infrastructure work back in-house ‘at the first opportunity’.
‘We are thankful that to this point there has not been a serious injury or fatality,’ said Glen. ‘But these are not isolated incidents.
‘We see a clear pattern of risk involving contractors operating at night and self-checking their work. This latest breach confirms the need for urgent action from Sydney Trains.
‘The private sector’s drive to maximise profits is not compatible with the need to prioritise safety for rail workers and the travelling public.’
Novo Rail is a consortium of contractors working in partnership with NSW Government agency Transport for NSW.
The Novo consortium is made up of contracting giants Aurecon, Laing O’Rourke and RCR Infrastructure O’Donnell Griffin.
Your negotiating team received notice from Sydney and NSW Trains management last night that they had made an application to deal with a bargaining dispute in the Fair Work Commission.
Your negotiating team have heard from members loud and clear - you want management to get real on a fair deal. That is the message that will be put to them in the Commission. Management needs to stop wasting time on dubious legal arguments with no end goal and instead put that money into a fair pay rise for you and your workmates who are doing more work with less staff.
Your protected action ballot application and your good faith bargaining orders application are still going ahead. The purpose of both of these applications is to get specific orders from the Commission to fix some of the issues in bargaining. We will keep you updated on the progress of these issues.
It is now more critical than ever for you to make sure that your details on file with management and with the union are the same.
Join us 11.30am Thursday 16 November - Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central Station).
The ETU has taken on a leading role in the issue of Asbestos in the C and K sets, the presence of which the ETU will campaign against.
Too many generations of ETU members have been exposed to this deadly substance and we will always take swift and decisive action when it comes to issues of safety, particularly when it involves dangerous asbestos fibres.
Click here to read the combined union notice for the latest update. The ETU will continue to campaign for the removal of asbestos wherever possible.
The ETU has been made aware that asbestos dust has been detected on Sydney Trains C and K set’s being maintained out of Hornsby and Flemington maintenance centres. The ETU takes the threats of asbestos seriously and as such the ETU is instructing members not to work on C and K sets until further notice.
Airborne/friable asbestos presents a significant safety threat and the ETU is taking all necessary steps in order to protect members at this time. If you are requested to work on these trains you should advise your supervisor that you have safety concerns and immediately contact Ben Lister at the union on 0400 264 007.
Sydney Trains have known about this threat for some time and failed to advise employees or their unions. Sydney Trains have also failed to take decisive and immediate action to provide a safe work environment, as a result employees may have been put at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.
The union has been advised that asbestos dust was detected in the circuit breaker panels in the driver’s compartment however members should not work on any part of C and K sets until further notice.
We will provide a further update to members once the situation has been adequately dealt with by management.
ETU Sydney Trains Organiser
The ETU rail EBA campaign is off to a great start, reports organiser Ben Lister. More than 150 members responded to our online survey. The three top priorities for ETU members are:
No trade-off of existing conditions
Fair pay rises.
For more info, check in with your ETU delegate or see the ETU website.
The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.
To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 2017.
Negations are getting underway at Sydney Trains for the renegotiation of the EBA and the ETU wants to hear from members about what issues are most important to you.
Please complete the short survey below to assist us in formulation the Log of Claims and to best represent the wishes of members.
If you have any questions about the EBA negotiations please contact your workplace delegate or ETU Organiser Ben Lister – firstname.lastname@example.org / 0400 264 007.
With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.
We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
The competition password is: Electric
In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.
Dave McKinley - Secretary
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