In January, the RTBU held joint union leadership meetings in both divisions prior to the vote. It is about “explaining the results [of the negotiations] and answering questions.” BMA Rail 2013 Please note that this agreement is being renegotiated The results of the vote on the Enterprise Agreement (EA) published last month show strong opposition to the balances negotiated by the union. About 66% of the opponents ratified the agreement and 34% voted against it. The RTBU only succeeded in enforcing the agreement after months of exhausting workers and cracking down on the problems caused by years of work and work within the freight company. The RTBU has left negotiations on a new agreement beyond 10 months. Late last year, the union launched a union action campaign for which workers voted in September. The union allowed only symbolic prohibitions and interruptions. The Rail Train and Bus Union (RTBU) has imposed another regressive labour agreement on some 850 workers in Pacific National`s (PN) coal and bulk transportation services in The State of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The RTBU was successful and negotiated roundly after voluntary dismissals negotiated at the union level. In 2014, the RTBU signed AAS which allowed it to increase coverage to 49% of its workforce. The workers were not informed of the provision during the vote on this agreement. Under the pretext of improving rail safety, the new agreement allows the introduction of audio and video surveillance devices in locomotive cabs. These devices violate the privacy of workers and are used against those who oppose job cuts and company conditions.
RTBU is currently working with the NSW government to secure an additional agreement for 9,000 public railway workers throughout NSW, which will intensify the attack on wages and conditions. The union has worked with PN and other freight companies to impose drastic reductions in conditions and jobs in Victoria, Queensland and across the country. All of the above links are available on the agreements available on the Fair Work Australia website. The union also ensured that the repressive conditions described in the previous EA were maintained. The agreement contains clauses allowing PN to terminate workers without pay, with a period of only two days, if they cannot be employed “in a cost-effective manner” for “any reason for which Pacific National Bulk Rail cannot reasonably be held responsible.” The NP`s strategy is to reduce the number of full-time jobs and dramatically increase the use of casual workers who receive few benefits and fees.