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Sydney Trains Member Representation Dispute

May 22, 2017Loco Express

Sydney Trains Members should be aware of a current Step 2 Dispute with Sydney Trains regarding Member Representation.

The Locomotive Division has been informed that some areas of Sydney Trains management are yet again advising Members requested to attend disciplinary or conduct related meetings that they are to arrange their own “Support Person” as the business will not release anyone to attend.

All Members have the right to be represented. The denial of this right is a breach of both the Sydney Trains Enterprise Agreement 2014 and the Fair Work Act 2009.

While this issue seems to present itself with disappointing regularity the Locomotive Division will continue to follow and enforce the agreed process for delegate release developed in 2008.

The agreed process is outlined below:

  • When requested to attend a meeting with a manager, advise your manager that you will require representation.
  • Contact your local delegate if you wish them to attend and ascertain if they are available to attend at the nominated time.
  • If they are not available, members may nominate another representative from their depot and ascertain if they are available.
  • If none of these options are available, contact the manager and request he/she make arrangements to have them in attendance by either re-rostering or covering part of their shift.
  • If this cannot be achieved, members should seek to postpone the meeting until representation can be afforded.

A meeting has been convened with Sydney Trains to address this current Dispute.

The Locomotive Division seeks to ensure that all managers are aware of, and respect, the Representational Rights of Members with the agreed process being strictly adhered to.

Should Members have any questions or concerns please contact your local Delegate or RTBU Head Office.

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