The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) locked in key wins for our Union and has seen great results. Thanks to that, we now have an outstanding EA on the table. Yet the fight is still on!
We have now proceeded to the drafting phase of the EA which will ensure all of our conditions are drafted accurately to reflect the true intention of the clause. The RTBU and Bargaining Reps have conducted numerous full day negotiations to protect our conditions and to ensure that we get the best EA possible for you.
As recently as this week, members have seen dodgy clauses that have been tabled last minute by V/Line, which would see station staff and conductors cleaning windows and mopping floors of trains.
It has sent outrage throughout the membership and all members need to be aware that the RTBU and Bargaining Reps were and are completely opposed to this clause and it HAS NOT been accepted by the RTBU.
The RTBU stands committed to fighting for and retaining current conditions. If V/Line want to continue to change the goal posts, they need to be aware that our members have had enough and we will take action if we don’t get a fair deal.
All V/Line Operations members should have received a ballot paper and should have voted YES to all action items on the ballot. Please ensure that these have been sent back to the AEC as the Ballots will be counted on Tuesday 21 June 2016.
State Secretary Luba Grigorovitch and I will be holding Mass meetings at Southern Cross Station on Thursday 16 June at 14:00 and Friday 17 June at 13:00. A Delegates meeting is also organised to be held within the next week.
For more information please contact me on 0403 863 869.