I am pleased to report that after taking some time to get to the table, bargaining is finally underway with the Metro Operations EA. Both Metro and the RTBU have swapped logs of claims and no time was lost before “robust discussions” commenced.
Notably, we sought a commitment from Metro that any vote for a new EA would be via a show of hands as has historically occurred in this industry. Agreement was not made and therefore this will be the first agenda item for the next meeting. We had raised this issue with Metro in good faith, however Metro have made it obvious the way in which they hope to conduct negotiations.
The RTBU is familiar with numerous companies that have used electronic voting to control outcomes and record data on staff voting. Given the presumptive tone of Metro’s glossy bargaining pamphlet “Enterprise Bargaining 2019”, members should be wary of Metro’s posturing or spin.
Numerous members have already raised concerns about the prospect of an electronic vote. Aside from obvious concerns about the privacy of our members, we are also concerned that many of our members will not be able to participate in an electronic vote in the same way they could a show of hands due to technology barriers.
We put our claim to Metro outlining the improvements we seek on behalf of our members providing some background about the interests behind each claim. In return, Metro provided a one-page double-sided document detailing cuts and “flexibilities” which they will be seeking to achieve through the course of bargaining.
The RTBU is willing to negotiate in good faith, but Metro must be aware that “flexibilities” must not be at the expense of working conditions.
Regular bargaining meetings are now scheduled with Metro to occur across Rail Operations, Infrastructure and Rolling Stock.
The Log of Claims as developed in conjunction with Delegates has been circulated to members. If you have not received a copy and would like to see the log please contact the office on 8630 9100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ensure your details are updated so you receive the most up to date information about your EA.
Members should be aware that monthly delegate meetings are happening to ensure members are kept in the loop.
V/Line, Yarra Trams, Probe and Bombardier EAs also expire on 30 June this year and we will continue to keep members up to date with developments as they occur.
If you have any queries don’t hesitate to ask your organiser. With more active members across the network everyone is doing their bit to keep the bosses honest, this is your EA!