After many consultation meetings and working parties that have been developed over several years, all Authorised Officer (AO) Delegates and Health & Safety Representatives (HSRs) were invited to attend a Night Network roster meeting all together on Friday 29 March 2019.
It was great to see such a high number of AOs show up for the meeting to discuss the rosters that have been ongoing for some time. The RTBU appreciates and understands that any change to rosters affects our members’ personal lives which is why there has been a working party from the beginning to ensure that this is done correctly.
We also understand that while new rosters can be a positive change for the majority, we are never able to get 100% of the membership to be happy with it. Every single person has a different personal situation and we will continue to work towards the best possible outcome and roster for everyone.
For those of you that don’t know, when Night Network was implemented in 2015, every area of rail got extra staff to accommodate for Night Network running, however the AOs received none. This has been a continuous issue since then because AOs are expected to patrol during Night Network however they never received additional staff to allow for this.
Fatigue has been at an all-time high for the last few years because of this, which is why the working party has been making every effort to create a roster that best accommodates all members and therefore better manage the fatigue.
The working party will continue developing the rosters and will update the affected members in due course as this progresses. If any members have any questions, please feel free to call me on 0407 512 494.