Acting In Higher Grade Entitlement Dispute
Bulletin 48 – 2016
To: NSW Trains Station Members,
For some time now there has been concerns in regards to members who act up in higher graded positions have not been receiving their higher grade pay entitlement.
Yesterday NSW Trains advised that a Duty Manager (DM) acting up in the position of Station Manager (SM) is not entitled to the higher SM’s rate of pay. This is a clear breach of Higher Grade (Clause 65) in the NSW Trains 2014 Enterprise Agreement (EA).
As a result of NSW Trains’ position a Dispute has been lodged and the RTBU is awaiting a date and time for a meeting to resolve the issue.
Since this incident yesterday a number of Members have now come forward advising the Union that NSW Trains has adopted this position of not paying the Higher Grade to DMs when acting in the position of the SM on a number of previous occasions.
Members are advised that if seconded or acting up in higher graded positions that “YOU ARE” entitled to the relevant higher grade pay rate for the time you are in that higher graded position.
Members who are requested and/or rostered to act in higher graded positions are advised to seek information from their manager as to what they will be paid.
This dispute is the same as the existing dispute with NSW Trains who are refusing to pay Operational Wages Employees the higher salary for acting up into Salaried Positions (e.g. CSA to DM/SM) in breach of Clause 120.4 in the NSW Trains 2014 Enterprise Agreement (EA).
If there are any concerns in regards to the response from your manager as to the rate of pay that you will receive or are unclear about your entitlement you should contact your local Delegate or the RTBU Office for advice.
All Members who has acted up in a higher grade and have not received the higher grade pay should provide all the relevant information to the RTBU Office as part of these disputes.
REMEMBER – YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN HARD WON AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN AWAY.
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