In a show of strength, members across V/Line operations brought the network to a halt on Wednesday to advance claims in EA negotiations.
The action saw stoppages between 3am-7am with consequences across the state into the afternoon.
Fed up with V/Line’s poor management practices, members have sent a powerful message to V/Line bosses – WE run the network. Disrespect us at your peril!
The action had broad impact that has been felt where it matters most. Saturated media coverage across newspapers, radio and TV news reached all Victorian regions and even the national broadcasts as we told the story of RTBU members fighting for fairness at work.
V/Line have continuously refused to accept core union claims that tackle job security, work-life balance, and fairness of process across the organisation. Industrial action is the only language that they understand.
A big congratulations to all members and RTBU representatives involved directly in the action and those supporting the resumption of services after the action. You have made your first mark in the campaign to get what you deserve!
The RTBU will continue to stand with members as we push for the best possible agreement that ensures members get what they deserve.
V/Line management have been put on notice; start making progress towards resolving members’ major issues or we will escalate our campaign. Members have shown that they are disciplined in taking action.
RTBU bargaining representatives have made it clear to V/Line that they are willing and ready to bargain.
With growing patronage and major projects on the table, now is the time to lock in our conditions for the future.