2018 has finally come to an end, what a year it has been! Since becoming an Organiser, I have had the pleasure of meeting with members all over Victoria, from Bairnsdale to Bendigo and everywhere in between. Members have welcomed me to the Union with open arms, thank you for your support.
Looking forward to 2019 we have numerous enterprise agreements up for negotiation, Metro, V/Line and Probe. This will make for some exciting times ahead. We have met with Delegates from all providers and compiled a log of claims to move forward in negotiating a fair agreement for all rail workers, improving conditions and increasing pay rates in line with the cost of living.
In the year ahead we welcome the new mobile myki which is currently in trial stage with the trial about to head into the second stage of testing. Body camera trials for Authorised Officers and Station Staff, due to the high possibility of being assaulted and the roll out of new Vlocity trains, which pose a few issues requiring risk assessments to be done prior to them being rolled out into service.
Safety for our members will continue to be at the fore front of issues heading into the new year. We all agree that members should go home at the end of the day safely.
I will continue with the issues faced at the PTV call centre relating to pay and conditions and continue to work with the Delegates to improve things so all members can have a safe and secure workplace.
In 2019 I intend to roll out more monthly Delegates meetings in areas that have never held meetings. These meetings are crucial in the workplace as they create accountability and communication channels to openly resolve issues.
Again thank you all for working with me in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019. And for all members working over the Christmas and new year break, thank you all for hard work and efforts keeping our system moving.