Rail, Aviation and Transport

EA Ballot Voting Integrity

Posted on 08-9-2014

CONCERNS ABOUT ENVELOP BAR CODE

A number of questions have been forwarded to unions regarding the use of a bar code on the return envelope for the ballot.  The returning officer has advised in writing that the “The bar code or serial numbers – single and only purpose, is to find the voter on the roll and ensure a returned envelop has been received”.

A copy of the letter from the Returning Officer is attached for your information.

Please note this method of ensuring there is no voter fraud (people attempting to vote more than once) is standard operating procedure for all ballots including ballots for union elections, protected action ballots and postal ballots to elect parliamentary representatives.

It is no different from being required to have your name marked off the roll at a polling booth.

The returned envelopes are randomly collected into lots of 50 and placed in a secure ballot box until the close of the ballot.  On the day of the count the envelopes are opened by a machine and the envelop is placed face down and the ballot paper is removed and separated.  The envelopes and ballot papers are not kept together.  The count takes place in a separate area with approved observers.  The CRU has been asked to provide scrutineers to oversee the final count.

It is important that unfounded rumours do not deflect from everyone’s responsibility to vote their preference in this very important ballot.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERY UNION MEMBER VOTES.

It is vitally important that every member’s view be heard and counted.  Whether you want to vote your Agreement “up” or “down”, it is critical your vote and your views are recorded.  Leaving your decision for someone else to make is not an option, because only you can clearly express your views.

Failing to vote sends a message that you don’t care and this is not a message we should be sending to either management or the Government.

It is expected that the result of the ballot will be known within three days of the close of the ballot on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

If you do not receive a ballot paper, you must contact one of the following addresses:

Sydney Trains: sydneytrainsea2014@transportnsw.gov.au

NSW Trains: nswtrainsea2014@transportnsw.gov.au

Time to VOTE on the new EA's

Posted on 08-9-2014

The final step in the EA process is the ballot to determine whether application for certification of the Sydney Trains or NSW Agreement will be made along with execution of the deed. Ballot papers have been forwarded to member’s home addresses this week. Members have two weeks to complete the ballot paper and forward it in accordance with the written instructions.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERY UNION MEMBER VOTES.

It is vitally important that every member’s view be heard and counted. Whether you want to vote your Agreement “up” or “down”, it is critical your vote and your views are recorded. Leaving your decision for someone else to make is not an option, because only you can clearly express your views.

Failing to vote sends a message that you don’t care and this is not a message we should be sending to either management or the Government.

It is expected that the result of the ballot will be known within three days of the close of the ballot on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

If you do not receive a ballot paper, you must contact one of the following addresses:

Sydney Trains: sydneytrainsea2014@transportnsw.gov.au
NSW Trains: nswtrainsea2014@transportnsw.gov.au

COUNTING OF THE VOTE & SCRUTINEERING

CONDUCTING THE BALLOT

Election Consulting Group has been engaged to conduct the EA ballots for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. The Election Consulting Group provides business process services for the successful planning and conduct of Election, Ballots and surveys, to Companies, Government, not for profit organisations, Universities, Associations, Credit Unions and Superannuation organisations.

For more information about the Election Consulting Group go to: http://www.electionconsulting.com.au/

SCRUTINEERING OF THE BALLOT

The CRU will have scrutineers present at the counting of the ballot on Friday, 19 and Monday, 22 September 2014.

Members are advised of changes to the CRU meeting schedule.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE MOST ERECENT MEETING SCHEDULE.

Any questions may be directed to you ETU workplace delegate or ETU Organiser Daniel Weizman.

On Tuesday, 12 August 2014 the Combined Rail Unions delegates met to hear a report back regarding bargaining for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains enterprise agreements.

Delegates were advised the rail entities had provided their final offer and are going to commence staff briefings commencing Monday, 18 August 2014

Click here to read the full details of the offer and schedule for briefings.

CRU Update - 21 July

Posted on 22-7-2014

OVERWHELMING TURNOUT FOR UNION BRIEFINGS

REPORT ON CRU MEMBER MEETINGS

There has been an unprecedented level of interest in this enterprise agreement (EA) as shown by the high levels of attendance by active union members across more than 60 Combined Rail Union (CRU) workplace meetings over recent weeks.  The resolution passed at the delegate’s conference on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 was overwhelmingly endorsed by unanimous votes of members at nearly every workplace meeting.

The strength and unity shown by the members has ensured the CRU has been in a strong negotiating position when meeting with the rail entities.  The CRU would like to take this opportunity to thank every member who attended one of the many workplace meetings.

NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE WITH THE RAIL ENTITIES

The CRU have continued to meet with the rail entities in accordance with the resolution passed at the delegates conference on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 and subsequent member meetings.

In accordance with the resolution the CRU has sought to agitate the matters identified by delegates and to improve the offer initially provided by the rail entities by addressing the concerns of members’ over the following key issues:

  • the current wages offer;
  • the offer of only six months redeployment which is not sufficient to compensate for the loss of job security;
  • the proposed term of two years for the agreements;
  • limitations placed on the dispute settlement procedure by the rail entities which do not apply to any other NSW public sector employee; and
  • the proposal to have key conditions of employment placed in an instrument which sits outside the Enterprise Agreement.

There has been some movement on these issues and the CRU may be in a position to take a revised offer from the rail entities to members towards the end of this month.

NEXT STEPS

  1. CRU continues negotiations with a union caucus on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 and a further meeting with the rail entities on Thursday, 24 July 2014.
  2. Potential delegates conference towards end of July 2014 with workplace meetings in August 2014.

On Tuesday, 24 June 2014 the Combined Rail Unions (CRU) held a well attended delegate’s conference to hear updates on progress of negotiations.

RAIL ENTITIES ADDRESS CONFERENCE

The Rail Entities addressed the meeting and outlined their position [see below] in regards to negotiations.  In particular the CEO of Sydney Trains stated Clause 47 Voluntary Redundancy/Management of Excess Employees had to be removed from any future Agreements.  Further, he stated this was not just his position but that of the Minister for Transport and the NSW Government.

Delegates posed a number of questions to the CEO’s of Sydney and NSW Trains relating to both the offer put to the meeting by the rail entities and the NSW Government and the lack of respect shown over the last 18 months to long serving, knowledgeable and committed employees.

DELEGATES DISCUSSION AND OUTCOMES

There was extensive discussion by delegates in regard to how to progress these matters and it was agreed it was time for members to have their say on the matters negotiated to date.  As a result the following resolution was carried as a recommendation to be put to meetings of members.  This resolution does not replace previous resolutions carried by members earlier this year that endorsed and ratified the CRU’s log of claims.

RECOMMENDATION OF CRU DELEGATES CONFERENCE 24 JUNE 2014

This meeting of members cannot accept the Rail Entities’ offer in its current form.  In particular this meeting is concerned about the following aspects of the Offer:

  • The wages offer is a mere 0.1% above the rate of inflation.
  • The offer of only six months redeployment is not sufficient to compensate for the loss of job security.
  • This proposed term of two years does not provide sufficient certainty of conditions.
  • The proposed dispute settlement procedure has limitations which do not apply to any other NSW public sector employee.
  • The proposal to have key conditions of employment placed in an instrument which sits outside the Enterprise Agreement

This meeting of delegates calls on the Rail Entities to improve its offer by addressing our concerns, directs CRU representatives to agitate these matters to improve the offer, and will convene workplace meetings of members to brief members on the Offer contained in the Draft Agreement and to report back to a further meeting of delegates and /or meetings of members after 11 July 2012

NEXT STEPS

  1. There will be workplace meetings commencing on Monday, 30 June – Friday, 11 July 2014.
  2. A separate bulletin with times and locations of meetings will be circulated once venues are confirmed.

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With the support of WorkCover NSW, the ETU and other industry representatives, have developed a free asbestos eā€learning package for electrical workers providing important information on:

  • What is asbestos
  • The health risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos
  • Where asbestos containing materials may be found in the electrical industry
  • The safety controls that minimise the risk of asbestos exposure
  • Examples of real life electrical work situations involving asbestos

To complete the online training simply CLICK HERE

 

 

CRU Update 12 June

Posted on 16-6-2014

COMBINED RAIL UNIONS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UPDATE

Since the 21 May 2014 the Combined Rail Unions (CRU) and the Rail Entities (Sydney Trains and NSW Trains) have held negotiations on the 26 May, 3, 5 & 10 June 2014.  A Conciliation Conference was held before Commissioner Roberts at the Fair Work Commission on 27 May 2014, to report back on the dispute previously lodged by the Rail Entities.  The parties are scheduled to appear before Commissioner Roberts for a report back and further negotiations on Friday, 13 June 2014.

KEY EA ISSUES BEING DISCUSSED

The key issues discussed since 21 May 2014 have included:

• Clause 47: No Forced Redundancy

The CRU proposed a clause which would preserve and retain the entitlements contained in Clause 47 in the event the High Court ruled against the Victorian United Firefighters Union in a case regarding a clause dealing with “staffing levels” clause in the Country Firefighters Association Agreement.

The clause proposed by the CRU was rejected by the rail entities “on principle”.  The rail entities restated the position of the NSW Government and the Transport Minister that Clause 47 had to be deleted from any future Agreement.  The CRU continues to maintain the position, endorsed by the membership, that the existing conditions contained in Clause 47 should not be reduced and should remain in any new enterprise agreements.

• Clause 26 Salary Maintenance

The Rail Entities has provided a response to the CRU’s claims for enhanced training, job swaps, priority assessment of displaced employees into vacant positions and increasing the length of time for people to seek redeployment.  The CRU is examining the response and will respond on Friday 13 June 2014.

• Clauses 13 Facilitation; Clause 14 No Extra Claims; Clause 15 Changes to Terms of Agreement.

The CRU received detailed legal advice concerning the Rail Entities’ these clauses on Tuesday 10 June 2014 and has written to the Rail Entities outlining our general concerns.  The legal advice received will be considered in further detail at the next CRU caucus on Wednesday 18 June 2014.

NEXT STEPS

• Friday, 13 June 2014: Report and negotiations back before Commissioner Roberts.
• Wednesday, 18 June 2014: CRU planning day/caucus to consider progress of negotiations to date.
• 10:00am on Tuesday, 24 June 2014: CRU delegates’ conference with full report back to delegates.  Delegate recommendations will be put to members’ meetings at the end of  June and beginning of July

DONT FORGET ALL UPDATES AND THE TRANSPORT PLEDGE CAN BE FOUND ON THE CRU EA DEDICATED WEBSITE: www.ourtransport.org.au

Following on from last week’s Conciliation Conference at the Fair Work Commission the Combined Rail Union (CRU) representatives met with the Rail Entities (‘management’) on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 in an effort to reduce the number of matters in dispute associated with the offer tabled by the Rail Entities at the Delegates’ Conference on 13 May 2014.

• Facilitation Clause

Prior to meeting with Management the law firm retained by the CRU addressed officials and delegates and provided a broad overview of the proposed facilitation clause tabled by Management.  A detailed draft response prepared by our lawyer will be forwarded to the CRU by Thursday 22 May 2014.  Once the CRU representatives have considered the advice this matter will be taken up again with management in line with the advice provided.

• Clause 47 No Forced Redundancy

The CRU reiterated the position adopted at the Delegates’ Conference and proposed a way forward to Management which would preserve the current clause in the event that the High Court ruled against the Victorian United Firefighter’s Union clause contained in the Country Firefighter’s Association Agreement.

At this point, management reiterated their position that notwithstanding the outcome of either a Federal Court or a High Court challenge on this clause, the NSW Government’s position is that the NSW Government will not agree to any arbitration over or any agreed restriction on staffing numbers.

• Clause 26 Salary Maintenance

The CRU representatives pressed management regarding their failure to ensure existing policies regarding “job swaps”, retraining opportunities and priority for vacant positions for surplus employees are implemented.  The issue of the length of time provided to people who wish to seek redeployment was also pressed by CRU representatives.  Management have undertaken to provide a response to these matters at the next negotiation.

• Term of the Agreement

The CRU pressed the position adopted by the members that the term of replacement agreements’ should be forty-eight (48) months from 1 April 2014.  Management agreed to revisit their current position of September 2016 for the expiry date.

Next Steps

The next negotiation between the parties is scheduled for Monday, 26 May 2014 and a Report back before Commissioner Roberts will be made at 4:00pm on Tuesday 27 May 2014.  Members will be updated subsequent to the Report back in the Fair Work Commission.

SIGN UP TO OUR TRANSPORT PLEDGE

It is vital that members circulate the material supporting the Pledge campaign to prevent privatisation, and commit to a safe, clean, accessible transport system, respectful to both commuters and workers.  Remember to take the pledge, you, your friends and family simply log onto www.ourtransport.org.au and sign up!

Member Information Nights

Posted on 22-5-2014

The ETU in partnership with EISSNEW Law and RT Health are hosting a number of member information nights across the state commencing in June.

The first four information evenings will be held in NEWCASTLE, the CENTRAL COAST, SYDNEY and WOLLONGONG with a further eighteen meetings scheduled across the state.

ALL members from all industry sectors are invited to come along and hear from your leadership team about the challenges we face including industrial matters, campaigns and the latest developments in Superannuation.

Full details for the meetings in Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and Wollongong including times, dates and venues can be found HERE.

A full list of regional locations and dates can be found HERE. Once times and venues have been finalised for these locations we will notify members.

Food and drink will be served. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Joanne Crowder on 02 9267 4844 or joannec@etunsw.asn.au