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RTBU members across the Rail Divisions working in front line roles with the public have contacted us over being physically assaulted, verbally abused, threats to be killed, spat on, stood over, intimidated, sexually and racially abused etc. during a normal working shift.
Inadequate staffing levels, poor training and lack of support by the rail companies has led the RTBU to launch a safety campaign.
We want you to have your say on safety that matters to you and to provide detail and actual experiences from the frontline roles.
If you have examples of when your safety has been put at risk please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9600 3030.
It is with great sadness that the Rail, Tram and Bus Union notes the passing of former Victorian Labor Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky.
Lynne Kosky was a strong supporter of the rail and public transport industries, and a passionate advocate for social justice.
As Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky intuitively understood the importance of public transport to social inclusion.
Lynne Kosky also oversaw Victoria’s public transport network during a period of unparalleled patronage growth.
This was a reflection of the former Labor Victorian Government’s success in encouraging greater use of public transport, but also created significant challenges for managing the network.
Lynne Kosky always tackled these challenges with determination, courage and good humour.
Most importantly, Lynne Kosky was regarded as a fundamentally decent, warm and caring person, with a burning ambition to make a positive contribution to her state and her community. She undoubtedly achieved that goal.
On behalf of rail, tram and bus workers, I wish to pass on our condolences and deepest sympathies to Lynne Kosky’s family.
She will be greatly missed.
NATIONAL SECRETARY – RAIL, TRAM & BUS UNION