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The RTBU Locomotive Division and your Delegates held our final discussions with QUBE management on May 24th.
QUBE informed us that they would be sending out their proposed Enterprise Agreement for members to vote on, regardless of whether or not the Locomotive Division and Delegates agreed with what was put on the table.
QUBE’s pay offer is as follows:
– 2% pay increase (or CPI whichever is higher).
– 3 year agreement.
– Overtime Rate to remain at 1.6
Your negotiation team outright rejected this offer based on feedback from members. The offer put on the table by QUBE makes the gap between QUBE and other rail operators in terms of pay even bigger, but QUBE are insisting that’s all they can offer.
As a result, Your Negotiating Team cannot agree to the terms of the new Enterprise Agreement in its entirety, in particularly the following items:
– The insufficient wage increase,
– Changes to the Duty Cycle,
– Rostering Changes, and
– The increased number of sign on locations for Sydney.
The Negotiating Team are recommending a NO Vote for this Agreement. If a No Vote occurs, we will then seek endorsement from members to commence the formal process to conduct a a Protected Action Ballot for industrial action should it be necessary.
The RTBU Locomotive Division has decided to participate in a tour to explain all changes from your last Enterprise Agreement, so that members can understand what has been achieved so far and what items have not been agreed. A newsflash will be sent shortly with dates and times for the tour once it’s confirmed.
Please note that only RTBU Locomotive Division members can take protected industrial action to fight for your working conditions, so it’s now time to become an RTBU Locomotive Division member to fight side by side with your fellow workers.
This article first appeared on locoexpress.com.au
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