We have been receiving many questions and phone calls regarding the progress of the V/Line Enterprise Agreements that have now expired. Unfortunately, at this stage there is no progress to report on.
The RTBU has been advised that the V/Line Enterprise Agreements are now classified as “major agreements”, meaning before the Log of Claims (LOC) can be communicated with the RTBU and negotiations therefore begin, the Premier Daniel Andrews, the Treasurer Tim Pallas and the Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne all need to approve it.
The RTBU has written to the Government a number of times dating back to January this year to request that bargaining commences as a matter of urgency, however it is clear that the Victorian Government are in no rush to finalise these EAs as we are yet to hear back from them.
In our recent letter from Branch Secretary Luba Grigorovitch to the Premier, Treasurer and Minister, we have requested clarification as to why the V/Line EAs have been classified as “major agreements” and what exactly that means going forward.
We will continue to put pressure on V/Line and the Government in the hopes of beginning bargaining as soon as possible.
We will continue to update members as this progresses, however if you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the Union Office on 8630 9100.