NSW Trains – NIF Update
To: Rail, Tram and Bus Union – NSW Trains Guards Members.
Members will be aware of the recent NSW Trains NIF update which contains information regarding NIF train testing and the so called “proposed” pay offer for drivers and Guards dropped on our desk in November 2019.
In the communications, NSW Trains state that “consultation…is ongoing” about the “proposed pay and conditions”. Nothing could be further from the truth. NSW Trains have never consulted about the pay and conditions contained in the booklet of 28 November 2019. The pay and conditions were never intended to be subject to consultation. To misrepresent this process as a period of consultation with members is disingenuous and typical of NSW Trains’ contempt for its workforce throughout this process.
The so called pay offer was rejected and disputed on the same day it was delivered and several dispute meetings have occurred since then, the most recent at Step 3 with UnionsNSW facilitating on 22 January 2020.
NSW Trains maintains that they can unilaterally change driver’s and Guard’s conditions of employment and wage via a change to driver’s and Guard’s classification title, under its right of “managerial prerogative”.
The Loco and Operations Division obviously have a different position and are of the view that the only mechanism for changes to wages and conditions of employment are through Clause 12 in the 2018 Enterprise Agreement and have legal advice to support that position. We have also retained legal counsel to represent the Divisions affected by the proposed changes.
The dispute remains in place and will likely be conciliated in line with the Dispute Settlement Procedure with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in February.
Members are further advised that the NSW Trains NIF Update contains misleading information regarding consultation occurring with the RTBU over this matter.
For clarity, NSW Trains have been informed that the Loco and Operations Division will not be consulting over the pay offer and no further action is to be taken until the fundamental issue of Clause 12 is resolved in the FWC.
| Alex Claassens |