An in-principle agreement has been reached for members at Metro Trains that delivers significant improvements on our core union claims.
With existing entitlements retained, this outcome a significant step forward for RTBU Rail Divisions members.
UNION WIN: Job Security
Firm wording will be included in the agreement to secure all jobs.
UNION WIN: 17% Pay Increase
16% over 4 years plus 1% Metro Tunnel facilitation payment. All allowances increase in-line with wages.
UNION WIN: Public Holiday Accruals Retained
Right to continue accruing Public Holiday credits has been retained.
UNION WIN: Inclusion of Additional Days Off (Bonus Days)
New additional leave days during the term of the agreement, with staggered introduction commencing 2024.
UNION WIN: Grievance Procedure
New grievance clause gives members improved avenues to control over their working life.
UNION WIN: Classifications
Improvements to existing classifications with new improved structures.
UNION WIN: Retired Employee Travel Passes for All
We have also secured a commitment from the government that the Retired Employee Travel Pass will be reinstated for all employees (regardless of commencement date).
UNION WIN: Improvements for Part Timers
- 20 part time roles to be converted to full time
- Increase in minimum contracted hours from 20 to 25 hours per week
- Overtime payments kick in at 64 hours, improved from 70 hours
- Full time jobs will first be offered to part timers (stations only)
UNION WIN: Extension to Accrual of Annual Leave
Current annual leave balances to be preserved. Yearly accrual to be taken within 14 months after agreement anniversary date.
UNION WIN: Rosters Development
New requirement of 28-day consultation period for new rosters (with working parties and union involvement) before further 28 days notification period for implementation of new roster change.
THERE IS MORE! This list highlights some of the headline wins in this agreement that tackle core RTBU claims. A more exhaustive list of wins and improvements will be provided in the coming weeks, including details of how provisions will work and apply.
This agreement sets a benchmark for the industry and highlights the power of one big industry wide union.
While we continue to negotiate with V/Line for their replacement EA, both management and government are on notice that the RTBU will take no backwards steps to lock in conditions for members.