Between the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRA), Skyrail constructions and the extension of the South Morang line to Mernda, there have been several stations with new buildings and facilities being built recently. While this is a step in the right direction, these things unfortunately always come with some pitfalls.
One of these pitfalls is the removal of Safeworking from stations. Recently I attended an on the job meeting regarding the removal of Safeworking from the Pakenham signal panel. The meeting was well attended, however understandably, many members are feeling anxious regarding their future at Pakenham Station.
Many questions were raised with Metro management around rostering and financial disadvantage if the Safeworking Panel is to be removed. This is the first of many meetings to occur regarding the process of removing the Safeworking Panel. I will continue to update the members as this progresses.
In V/Line the internal recruitment pool dispute was developing and we were close to signing off on it, however unfortunately V/Line have caused further issues and it still remains outstanding. This current recruitment process is one that disadvantages many members on a regular basis and it needs to be resolved to ensure that no members are disadvantaged anymore.
I say to V/Line, let’s get back to the negotiation table and have this resolved so everyone can move forward. If not, then the RTBU will lodge at the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
We will continue to update members with further details when they are available.
If you have any questions, please call me on 0421 122 437.