Urgent Update – Rail Entities Seek Fair Work Commission Hearing
On Wednesday 14 May 2014 the Combined Rail Unions’ officials met with the Rail Entities to advise the outcomes of the Delegates’ meeting held on Tuesday, and to continue negotiations on the issues identified by the delegates’ in the latest offer as being unacceptable.
These issues include:
- the removal of Clause 26 (Salary Maintenance);
- the removal of Clause 47 (No Forced Redundancy);
- the Term of the Agreements offered; and
- ensuring the legal enforceability of the proposed Facilitation Clause.
No agreement could be reached at the meeting, and after the negotiations concluded, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission, under s240 of the Fair Work Act, for the Commission to deal with a bargaining dispute.
The matter was listed for 2.30pm before Commissioner Roberts, and the parties agreed to confer again next week before the Commission in the event that agreement on the outstanding matters could not be reached at the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 20 May 2014.
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