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NSW Trains Guards – New InterCity Fleet Update

Oct 20, 2017Bulletins

Bulletin 61 – 2017

Consultations between NSW Trains and our union representatives on the implementation of the New Intercity Fleet are ongoing as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding which we signed with NSW Trains earlier this year. This Memorandum includes a process for investigating three modes of operation for the proposed new trains. These three modes are Driver-Guard, Driver-Second person and Driver-only.

Our RTBU team continues to argue that the Guard is the best and most effective control to meet all safety and operational challenges faced on a train. It is not safe or practical to run trains as driver-only on any part of the network on which we work trains. We are opposed to Driver-only operation and support the retention of Guards on all intercity services.

It is important to emphasise that the consultations on the new intercity fleet are entirely separate from the current negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. We support both a fair pay rise and a new deed to protect all employees’ rights and conditions, but those are topics for enterprise agreement negotiations, they are not part of the New Intercity Fleet discussions.

For more information on these discussions, contact our RTBU project team on 9264 2511.


Issued by:


Authorised by:

Mick Cartwright


Alex Claassens

Branch Secretary


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