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Update on Bullying Allegations and Investigation

Sep 11, 2018Bulletins

Bulletin 49/18

To:       RTBU Transport Shared Services Members,

After members stood together and signed a petition to stop bad management behaviour, Transport for NSW had to investigate what is going wrong at your workplace.


The investigation into allegations of bullying found:

  1. There was no bullying behaviour substantiated;
  2. There was an acknowledgement of unhelpful management styles.

As endorsed by members at the last membership meeting, your RTBU representatives reviewed the investigation report and told management that regardless of what you call it, bad management behaviour has to stop. We then wrote to management and requested:

  1. An update on actions taken by Transport Shared Services to address issues raised through the investigation;
  2. A confidential survey about what bad behaviour people are experiencing at work with results to be transparent to the combined unions;
  3. Coaching be provided by an external supplier for managers to break the “in-house” style that is the root of many of the concerns raised by members;
  4. Implementation of the applicable recommendations of Section 4 – Workplace Cultures- We just want it to stop; House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment; October 2012; Canberra;
  5. Introduce a dedicated change management resource.

So far, the Transport Deputy Secretary of People and Corporate Affairs has acknowledged receipt of the letter. She has also specifically requested the new Acting Director of Transport Shared Services examine the issues that were brought up in the letter; and TSS has given a commitment for a monthly consultative meeting with your representatives to address this and other related issues.

This is an important first step but there is still more work to do. If you want to be more involved in the survey or the consultative committee, speak with your delegate or call your organiser on 9264 2511 today.


Issued by: Authorised by:
Helen Bellette


Alex Claassens

Branch Secretary

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