ETU delegates will join a Combined Rail Union meeting this Thursday where management plans to present the offer first tabled during negotiations last week and which ETU members have told the union they overwhelmingly reject.
The full delegates meeting marks a crossroads after the Fair Work Commission suspended all industrial action for six weeks. The outcome of the meeting will determine the next move in negotiations.
Rail delegates from seven unions will listen to management’s offer and provide feedback on whether the offer is considered good enough to go to a vote of almost 10,000 rail employees across Sydney and NSW Trains.
Negotiations will continue right up to Thursday’s delegate meeting, with the ETU team pushing to further improve the outcome for ETU members after there was a push last week to remove higher rates of pay for electrically qualified team leaders/work group leaders. The ETU successfully argued that electrically qualified team leaders/work group leaders should continue to receive higher rates of pay.
The key elements of management’s offer are:
Three-year agreement with annual pay rises of 2.75% per year
One-off $1,000 payment on approval of EBA
Current Travel Pass extended for existing employees to include metro and outer metro buses and the Sydney Metro between Rouse Hill and Bankstown
Improved contracting out clause negotiated by the ETU means a dedicated Consultative Committee, with union representation, will vet any future proposal to contract out electrical work
A review of classifications relating to infrastructure team leaders/work group leaders that may result in enhanced outcomes for electrical team leaders in the future PLUS the protection of existing pay rates for electrical trade team leaders/work group leaders
Redundancy to remain in Deed and not part of the agreement with notice periods to change.
Most other conditions rolled over from current agreement.
While our delegates consider the best way forward, two other matters need the attention of all ETU rail members…
Your voting papers for the ETU’s second Protected Action Ballot will arrive soon. Please ensure you vote ‘YES’ so that ETU members have the option of taking industrial action, if required.
Meet new rail organiser Anthony O’Sullivan and other ETU leaders at Sydney Trains depot meetings between 6-15 February. Stay tuned for confirmed schedule.
A reminder to ensure your contact details are up-to-date – call the office on (02) 9267 4844 to check. Any other questions, contact organiser Anthony O’Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org 0429 429 234