Sydney Trains has tabled a ‘final’ EBA offer which will go to a postal ballot of ETU members and all rail employees from 5 March.
The ETU is consulting members for feedback on the proposed EBA. At this stage, the Combined Rail Unions, including the ETU, hold to our claim for annual pay rises of 4% per annum. While the offer below is the best presented so far in negotiations, it falls short of that benchmark.
Protected Action Ballot continues: please vote immediately
It remains very important that all ETU members vote in the current Protected Action Ballot. Members are strongly urged to vote YES to all options in that ballot. A successful ballot will ensure ETU members are able to take Protected Action, if required in the event workers reject the current EBA offer.
Summary of Sydney Trains ‘final’ offer
The key elements of the offer presented yesterday by Sydney Trains management to Combined Rail Unions include:
a three-year agreement with annual 3% pay rises
3% from date of approval, 3% 12 months after approval and 3% 24 months after approval
a one-off $1,000 payment to each employee on approval of the agreement.
The offer extends Travel Passes for existing employees (including current employees with Gold Passes) to:
all metropolitan and outer metropolitan bus operations
Sydney Metro from Rouse Hill to Bankstown
CBD (including existing Inner West services) and SE light rail services.
Management claims that the combined value of the annual pay rises, the one-off payment and the extended Travel Pass is 4.06% per annum averaged over three years. The Combined Rail Unions are conducting independent research to test the veracity of that estimate.
The offer includes an improved Contractors Clause which establishes a separate Consultative Committee at which the ETU will be able to vet any proposed contracting out of electrical work.
Regarding the Master Roster, which affects ETU members in Fleet Maintenance, the offer provides ‘visibility of change, capped number of changes and minimum roster duration’.
Redeployment and redundancy provisions maintain 64 weeks paid redundancy, but remain in the deed outside the agreement.
There are improvements to the Facilitation Clause including access to a mediator if required.
Most existing conditions would be rolled over from the current EBA, however there are a number of other proposed changes in the new document which will be provided in full to all ETU members from mid-February.
Timeline for access to proposed EBA, voting and Roadshow
Key dates in the process from here:
EBA draft distributed from 12 February
all employees have access to that document from 23 February
Postal ballot opens 5 March
Ballot closes 20 March
Management Roadshow February-March.
We encourage ETU members to provide feedback on this offer via ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan email@example.com 0429 429 234
Anthony O’Sullivan and Ben Lister