NEW TERMS OFFERED TO PREVENT FURTHER STRIKE ACTION AND GET NEW INTERCITY FLEET ON THE TRACKS
The NSW Government has offered renewed terms as part of its enterprise agreements for employees of Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink to representatives of the Combined Rail Unions, which are conditional upon industrial action being cancelled.
The additional terms include reconfiguration of the New Intercity Fleet (NIF) in exchange for bringing the Mariyung Fleet into service as soon as possible, the RTBU agreeing to surrender its right to veto any change in practice or technology, like the NIF, and the immediate cancellation of all industrial action.
Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said this offer addressed the union’s substantive issues with the NIF and called on the unions to act in good faith, cancel planned strikes and put commuters first.
“In putting these renewed offers we are seeking agreement from the rail unions that they will immediately cease any protected industrial action (PIA) and members would agree to work the NIF under an interim operating model until the modified trains enter service,” Mr Elliott said.
“The unions must agree to a three-phased introduction of the NIF to allow the fleet to begin operations as soon as possible while modifications are made with testing and delivery of the proposed modifications to the operating model to be rolled out by the end of the year.
“The onus is now on the rail unions to immediately stop disruptive industrial action so commuters can travel safely without inconvenience and put the new offer to their members”.
The renewed offer is in addition to those previously put to the unions but does not include incentives payments that have been previously offered.
Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Sam Farraway said the NSW Government is committed to getting the Mariyung fleet on the tracks as soon as possible.
“Commuters deserve to have a first-class safe and reliable public transport system that helps them travel from our regions to the city to conduct business, to go to school and work and be with their families,” Mr Farraway said.
“This in addition to the vast majority of entitlements and allowances that had been put on the table for discussion with the Combined Rail Unions during the past six-week intense bargaining period.”
The NSW Government reserves its right to actively consider its legal options if the industrial action is not terminated by the unions.