VOLUME 106 No.1 March 2014
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From the Branch Secretary The so-called ‘holiday’ break kept our union busy with a range of significant issues and disputes. The ongoing reforms within the public transport areas and the general push of the NSW Government around cut backs to services and staff, and the difficult negotiations within the freight area, are a few of the topical issues for this period. Train driver members at Aurizon in the Hunter Valley took part in rolling 24 hour stoppages as part of a protected industrial action recently to attempt to break a deadlock in negotiations and to progress negotiations on the protracted and long drawn out process. More detail of this dispute is provided in other reports. It is worth noting, however, that the company has tried to use the industrial action in the media, and its own lock out of the workforce, to try to force the issue. The company has refused to negotiate for several months, and simply decided they would dig in and try to force members to agree to conditions that were unacceptable. Similarly, a number of unions, both here and overseas, and media have spoken out in support of the dispute, and critical of the company tactics during the negotiations and dispute. As Rail and Road goes to press, letters and messages of support keep flowing in from other sections of our union, and other unions both here and overseas. The Rail Entities Agreement negotiation preparations have continued, with negotiation training
conducted for delegates and activists and the Combined Rail Unions insisting on one agreement, rather than separate agreements as proposed by the Government. Already the initial discussions around the scope of the agreement are indicating that these will be difficult negotiations. The Combined Rail Unions have recently been in Fair Work arguing over whether there should be one agreement to consistently protect all working conditions, or, as suggested by the Rail Entities, multiple agreements. Enterprise agreement negotiations in Qube and ARTC are also starting to gain some heat, and we would urge all members to become engaged and get involved in these negotiation processes. In the current climate, reasonable agreement outcomes will be determined by how solid members are behind their negotiating teams. As we all know, out greatest bargaining tool is our unity. If our members are informed and engaged in the negotiation processes, they will not vote to endorse terms and conditions that are unreasonable. We have been visiting cleaners in more than forty locations across the rail network over the past month, as the NSW Government continues to pursue its privatisation agenda. This concern will extend to the State Transit Authority, as we have been informed that new bus cleaning contractors will commence in the coming weeks. When we see members struggling across sectors – we need to be alert
and willing to offer assistance. We need to show solidarity with all RTBU members, regardless of where they work within the industry. The health of our union can be gauged by the depth and strength of our activist networks, and the extent of members being united and demonstrating solidarity to all struggles that our members are engaged in. I will continue to repeat the call, that we must rise to the challenges being posed by hostile governments, at a State and Federal level, as well as hostile employers, in a united and strong defence of all members, and the long term viability of public and private transport services in this state. If we do not meet these challenges head on, and win the main battles, we will lose ground that will be difficult, if not impossible to regain. While there will always be trouble spots, and attacks on our members, we will continue to engage and build strong support networks within our industry and across the community. RTBU members are now actively engaged in Local Union Community Councils across the state, and in organisations like the Sydney Alliance. In this issue of the union journal we are urging members to turn out for the City Assembly of the Sydney Alliance on March 26, to launch the agenda which focuses on public transport, affordable housing, and pathways to employment.
In this Issue Industrial News Train Drivers Take Industrial Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 International Support for Striking Train Drivers . . . . . . . . . . 9 Rail Entities EA 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Industrial Notes CSAs Safety Dispute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Liverpool Station Staff Initiate Station Review . . . . . . . . . . 12 Rail Network Cleaning Workers Back Opposition to Outsourcing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Rail Network will be Compromised Without Car Parks. . . . 13 General News Public Transport Forum – Blue Mountains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Police Crack Down on Bus Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 RTBU Member Wins Colour TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 RTBU Joins Rally to Save Medicare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rejection of Kings Cross Shuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Super Tax, Super Unfair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Campaign Trail Politicians Address Women’s Campaign Committee . . . . . 22 Training Workshops for LUCCs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Bridging Sydney – City Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Whistlestop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
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Industrial News Train Drivers Take Industrial Action in Face of Legal Threat and Lock Out Train drivers at Aurizon's Hunter operations have taken protected industrial action to protest management's lack of movement on their EA, despite threats of legal action from BHP and Aurizon conducting its own industrial action by locking out employees.
BHP Threatens Legal Action BHP Mt Arthur Coal general manager Mark van den Heuvel has written to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union saying the company will take "all necessary steps" including legal action to prevent harm to its business from any industrial action. On Wednesday 19 Feb, the RTBU received a threatening letter from BHP, which relies on Aurizon's coal freight service to move its coal supply from Mt Arthur Coal Mine to Newcastle coal terminals. In his letter to the union, Mr van den Heuvel said any industrial action by Aurizon employees will cause harm to the mine's business by delaying the supply of coal to customers. It seems that once BHP were able
to organise Pacific National to move its coal during the dispute, that the passion has gone out of this threat. It would be curious whether any threatened action would have included legal action against Aurizon for its industrial action, or whether it was limited to the union. RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva said, in a Sydney Morning Herald report that the rights of the workforce to a "fair and reasonable" pay increase was at stake. "This is multinational greed at its worst. We're seeing a full court press from massive, highly profitable companies who are trying to deny a workforce of 200 train drivers their legitimate right to collectively bargain," Mr Nanva said.
"This issue is no longer about Aurizon workers and their agreement. It's about the right of workers in the Hunter and across Australia to collectively bargain without fear, threats or intimidation." A spokeswoman for Aurizon said the company is extremely disappointed the RTBU had decided to take industrial action when "there is a generous deal on the table". "This action will cause significant disruption and cost to our customers and the broader coal industry in NSW, as well as hurting the local economy in the Newcastle and the Hunter Valley," she said. Aurizon Locks Out Workforce While the company has stated
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that it is disappointed in the RTBU members’ industrial action, bemoaning disruption and lost production, they were quick to follow-up with their own industrial action. The company imposed a 40 hour lock out of workers immediately following the protected industrial action. A mass meeting of drivers on Friday 28 February, overwhelmingly voted to take additional industrial action in response to the company lock out. Workers took a 12 hour stoppage following on from the end of the lockout on Saturday morning. In a full page advertisement in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 1 March entitled ‘ Strike Action Hurts Local Economy’, Aurizon expressed their ‘disappointment’ at the industrial action taken by its workforce, and selectively advertised its offer to the RTBU, but failed to mention the lock out that it had imposed. Perhaps this is what they were apologising for in this appeal to the local community? Obviously any disruption caused to production by the union industrial action, will
be exaggerated through the company’s actions. It is difficult to reconcile the company thinking, but must assume that it is more about attempting to take the wind out of, or breaking, the members industrial action than any concerns about immediate production concerns. It is also reasonable to assume that Aurizon and similar companies are feeling buoyed by the elections of conservative state and federal governments. These disputes are as much about the company taking a ‘hairy chested’, bullying approach to workplace negotiations, in
the hope that their actions will be supported or endorsed by anti-worker governments. The Aurizon workers in the Hunter could be forgiven for believing that the attacks on their 200 strong workforce is a precursor to negotiations for the Queensland Aurizon EA, which will cover approximately 3000 workers. Workers at Aurizon and throughout the industry have experienced and endured this posturing in the past, and are less interested in the politics of the situation, than in achieving a fair set of working conditions, regardless of the political landscape.
RTBU State Secretary Alex Claassens and Organiser Mick Cartwright with MUA members supporting the Aurizon picket
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The bad news for the company is that these gestures will not break the resolve of a workforce that is increasingly frustrated and angry at the companyâ€™s refusal to arrive at a fair and reasonable agreement that will determine working conditions for the next three years.
RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva (above) and RTBU Organiser Steve Wright (below) addressing members on the Aurizon picket line
The bargaining parties spent 2 days in the Fair Work Commission in March to progress the Enterprise Agreement negotiations. During the two days all outstanding clauses were reviewed and the parties reached agreement in principle, on all clauses discussed, subject to final wording being reviewed by your negotiating team. The parties also reached in principle agreement on a 4 year agreement which includes a phasing in of a 152 hour duty cycle. Upon the wording being finalised by the parties, a formal employee meeting and voting process will be undertaking to allow employees to vote on the proposed agreement. Your bargaining representatives will be holding information sessions throughout March to provide you with more details around this agreement in principle.
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International Support for Striking Train Drivers Crumlin blasts Aurizon lockout News International Friday, 28 February 2014 28 February 2014. ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin today described Australian rail freight operator Aurizon’s lockout of 200 freight train drivers in New South Wales as “totally unacceptable”. Crumlin, who is also national secretary of the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia), was speaking in his capacity as president of the ITF global union federation, which represents over 700 transport trade unions worldwide, including the RTBU (Rail, Tram and Bus Union). He said: “Aurizon’s lockout is a stunning misjudgement. Lockouts usually are: the only thing they achieve is to send both labour relations and the company’s reputation into a tailspin. “This looks like an act of desperation, and of revenge against a workforce that took lawful, protected industrial action backed by 94 percent of the workforce at a ballot supervised by the Australian Electoral Commission.” He continued: “The ITF, along with its member unions stretching across the world’s transport networks and supply chains, wholly condemns the practice of locking out workers. Our unions are on standby to see what support the RTBU needs. We would strongly advise Aurizon to step back from the path of confrontation and accept the RTBU’s longstanding offers of negotiation.”
On behalf of the 4600 members of the RMTU in NZ I write to express our solidarity with you in your struggle with Aurizon Operations Limited in the Hunter Valley. We are very disappointed to learn that in retaliation for your lawful protected action the employer has escalated the dispute by resorting to bully boy lockout tactics. Shame on the miserable bastards! Clearly you cannot falter now in your struggle to prevail as this sort of employer tactic must be resisted steadfastly so that they know that to strike back against organised workers only causes workers to harden their resolve. Kia Kaha comrades and please keep us informed as to how the dispute progresses. In global unity and solidarity Wayne Butson General Secretary Rail and Maritime Transport Union
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We would strongly advise Aurizon to step back from the path of confrontation and accept the RTBU’s longstanding offers of negotiation
Report back on Strathfield Signal Box Issues On the 7th February a meeting was called at Strathfield Signal Box. The purpose of this meeting was to update the membership on the investigation conducted and subsequent report from the independent consultant. The trigger for this was the number of harassment complaints lodged by delegates and members at this location. It has been recognised by all parties involved that the issues at Strathfield Signal Complex had been damaging to all concerned. The meeting was convened by the senior management and the RTBU was invited to be present. The RTBU was represented by Alex Claassens, Helen Bellette, Damien Mulholland and Gavin Thomas. During the meeting the term “a line in the sand has been drawn,
what was the past is past, and let’s start fresh from today” was referenced. There were also reference to the Strathfield issues being progressed with the understanding that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated and that any further claims will be taken very seriously. The report conducted by the independent consultant has confirmed the concerns raised by RTBU membership and delegates. All present at the meeting were informed the report reflected the view that it was not Sydney Trains finest moment and harassment and bullying would not be accepted. In addition, it was stated that, due to individual confidentiality reasons of the information contained within the
report, it could not be released. As a means to address the concerns in the report all parties at Strathfield Signal Box, staff and management, are to undertake training. The training will be based on dignity and respect, and will include a special emphasis on bullying and harassment. The independent consultant will return to the Strathfield Complex in twelve months time to reinterview the individuals who previously made statements. This is to ensure that Sydney Trains has acted on the recommendations. Outstanding issues will be dealt with on an individual basis.
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Rail Entities EA 2014 Continuing The Fight For Members' Rights In Fair Work Commission
At the Fair Work Commission conciliation the CRU argued that:• n ot agreeing to management’s demands for five agreements does not mean the CRU is bargaining in bad faith; • m anagement had failed to identify which employees would be covered by what agreement;
• w hile discussions are occurring, neither party will initiate any application for any type of orders from FWC.
• placing workers into five separate agreements makes no operational sense and is simply a strategy to divide members and set up rail for privatisation or outsourcing; and
In addition, the rail entities have agreed to provide the CRU with written advice on which organisation will cover RailCorp employees, who are not cleaners, in the new rail entities.
• over 2,800 members employed by RailCorp are not covered by any of the five agreements proposed by the rail entities and are therefore left in limbo and vulnerable to attacks on their wages and conditions.
Next Steps As a result of the Conference at Fair Work, the rail entities and the CRU will meet again, and with the assistance of the Commission to discuss: • the scope of the bargaining and the number of Agreement(s); • this will occur on the basis that the CRU does not agree
Petitions continue to pour in! Rail workers’ response to the petitions has been overwhelming, with many members sending petitions directly to Fair Work Australia! In just over three days over one hundred sheets of signatures have been returned. Congratulations to all the delegates, activists and members who have worked so hard to get the sheets signed and returned to their unions. Every single employee within all the rail entities deserves to be heard by the employers and the Fair Work Commission.
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The application for scope orders means we want orders from the FWC that ensure all rail workers have their workplace rights and conditions protected. As members have repeatedly told the CRU one agreement is the best way to ensure everyone’s rights and entitlements are protected in a new agreement.
to more than one Agreement and that the rail entities are not agreeing to one agreement; and
• for the CRU to negotiate clauses put forward by the rail entities before they have clearly stated which employees will be covered by what agreement(s) jeopardises the legal rights and the expressed wishes of the entire rail workforce;
On Wednesday 5 March the Fair Work Commission heard the dispute notified by the rail entities. The rail entities notified the dispute because they alleged the Combined Rail Unions (CRU) was “fixated on one agreement” and because the CRU had notified the rail entities they would be seeking scope orders from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to have one agreement.
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Industrial Notes CSA’s Safety Dispute - Name Badges
The RTBU CSA membership and delegates have had ongoing WHS concerns in relation to member’s given names being displayed on identification badges. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that it will be settled in the short term. The RTBU made representation to Sydney Trains about these concerns and the response was Sydney Trains performing a risk assessment in an adhoc manner at central station. This did not take many of the concerns raised by members into account. In addition, the RTBU has serious concerns that Sydney Trains did not conduct the risk assessment in accordance with the WHS legislation. Further, when a survey was conducted by the RTBU, only 1% of the membership had any knowledge there was a risk assessment and there was no feedback to the membership at the conclusion of the risk assessment. The issue was escalated to Unions NSW for conciliation on the 28th January where two RTBU Delegates and an Organiser attended. Delegates argued vigorously and there were many suggestions put forward by the Delegates to management which included; • Members can nominate a number rather than their given name • Members can nominate a “preferred name’ rather than their given name • A risk assessment is conducted as per the legislation at all stations. We are still waiting for Sydney Trains to respond and will be escalating this safety issue if necessary.
Liverpool Station CSA’s Membership Initiate Station Review The CSA Membership from Liverpool Station initiated a staff review. The trigger behind requesting the review is due to the commissioning of Platform 4 and the instrument that allows this process is found in section 25.1 of the 2010 RailCorp Enterprise Agreement. Since the commissioning of Platform 4 staff have been stretched resourcing wise. The CSA’s were rushing between platforms 2, 3 and 4 to meet customer needs. This was brought up by the membership to RailCorp management but the only solution Management had was to work the staff harder and to move resources in an adhoc manner. There is also the additional WHS issue of train guards requiring a right of way off platform 3 in the afternoon due to sun glare. After a number of frustrating weeks and a number of meetings which were well attended by CSA’s, of which many attended in their own time the only sensible solution was to initiate the Review. The RTBU submitted documentation, inclusive of a business case to initiate the review. As a result a meeting was convened between the RTBU representatives that will make up the committee and Sydney Trains management at the RTBU Office. This is a great example of how the station review clause can be utilised for the memberships benefit. Full credit to the CSA’s at Liverpool and the Duty Managers who have supported this process.
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Rail Network Cleaning Workers Back MP’s Opposition Workers are backing the NSW Opposition’s condemnation of the privatisation by stealth of the rail network’s cleaning division, the Rail, Tram & Bus Union says. RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens congratulated MP Noreen Hay for moving in Parliament yesterday the opposition to the Government’s attempts to outsourcing of 35 per cent of cleaning staff on the publicly owned network. Ms Hay today moved that the house recognises that “… Under the current Government more than 60 per cent of staff have been forced to apply for redundancies with more to be expected following further restructuring of train and bus services across the region.” Mr Claassens said the travelling public across NSW deserved properly maintained trains and platforms and this is incompatible with the Government’s agenda of slashing jobs and services. “Pressure from the RTBU has been instrumental in ensuring cleaning staff at some depots in the Illawarra
Heavy Handed Sta Discipline and Unfair Dismissal Unfair dismissal appeals and discipline appeals have increased dramatically in recent weeks stretching Divisional Advocacy Resources. Depot Managers appear to be deliberately laying the boot in and are prepared to take their chances at the IRC or traineeship tribunal. The Unions success in many of these matters is notable, but without doubt, a drain on resources.
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Part-time broken and expanded use of casuals dispute STA has lodged an appeal to the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) disputing decisions handed down by Justice Staff in favour of the RTBU on 6th December 2014. The appeal will be heard on Wednesday 30th April 2014 at 10am in the IRC building at 47 Bridge Street Sydney. Members are encouraged to attend (in their own time). It is unfortunate and uncommon that State Transit are refusing to accept then original umpire’s decision but members should be assured the union and our solicitors will fight this appeal as hard as ever.
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and in Sydney escaped the outsourcing axe, but other locations remain in the gun,” he said. “And at those depots that will continue to be run by the Government, overall staff numbers remain a crucial issue. The RTBU is aware of a current Government review of these worksites and it is feared the likely recommendation will be further job cuts. “Three years of constant restructures has already resulted in overall cleaner numbers being run down from an operational workforce of 805 down to just 630,” Mr Claassens said. “Add to that a massive increase in workload, cutbacks in available equipment and the spectre of outsourcing and it’s no wonder cleaners have applied for redundancies in droves. “The RTBU calls on the Government to drop its privatisation by stealth campaign and provide genuine service improvements for passengers and remove the job uncertainty hanging over rail workers.”
Rail network will be compromised if rail staff can’t find a car park Taking 1000 car spots away from key transport workers at train stations could effect the on time running of the rail network. The NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union State Secretary Alex Claassens said train drivers and guards needed to be assured they can get to work on time to keep the network running and ensure commuters also get to work on time. “We can’t have critical transport workers spending a half hour driving around looking for a car park when they need to be operating the next train,” Mr Claassens said. “These workers have a vital role to play to ensure the network keeps to time and everyone can get to work, school and other appointments. “We support commuters having a many car parking places as possible but they can’t be at the expense of critical rail workers and safety staff. “If on time running is a priority for the NSW Government then providing car parking to their workers must also be a priority.“ Mr Claassens said it was disingenuous for the Transport Minister to use the excuse that the car parks were being used by staff who had left the organisation. “One or two isolated instances as a result of poor management at RailCorp doesn’t give the Transport Minister an excuse to take more than 1000 spaces away from key transport workers. “We will continue to fight the Government on this issue for the benefit of the travelling public.”
General News Public Transport Forum – Blue Mountains Attendance at the Public Transport Forum filled Lawson Community Hall on Saturday 15th February. The forum was arranged by Trish Doyle and the purpose was to discuss the changes that had been made to the Blue Mountains Timetable and other public transport concerns that the public had. The Opposition Transport Minister Penny Sharpe and the Opposition Leader John Robertson were in attendance with approximately 90 concerned Blue Mountains residents. There were many invited speakers including Michael Pagg, spokesman from the Blue Mountains Commuter Group who had lost his regular train from Blackheath. He also expressed concerns about security cutbacks describing them as ‘crazy’. Wendy Edmonds covered the issues with mountains trains skipping Westmead and the issues associated with this. The issues include workers associated with Westmead Hospital and Children’s Hospital but also mountains residents that are seeking treatment and visiting family and friends that are patients. With the express trains skipping smaller stations many commuters at the forum stated they were being forced to drive to major stations and have given up on trains altogether and were driving to work.
Younger commuters were also represented at the meeting when a university student gave a youth perspective covering the limited amount of late night trains and not feeling safe on the services. Opposition Transport Minister Penny Sharpe finished off the meeting stating Labor “didn’t always get it right either and there is far more work to do, but the simple fact is public transport drives economic productivity of this city — if we get public transport right that makes us all live a better life”.
A petition is being circulated on the rail network calling on the government to improve services. Trish Doyle finished the forum stating there would be another forum in a couple of months.
is far more work to do, but the simple fact is public transport drives economic productivity of this city
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Northern Beaches Police crack down on bus safety Police have begun to crack down on the spate of drunken violence afflicting Northern Beaches buses following a crisis meeting with the RTBU and State Transit. Due to complaints of widespread hooliganism, drinking on public transport, and violent behaviour towards bus drivers and commuters, police are now undertaking more plain clothes patrols, arresting troublesome youths, and guarding busy late night buses. These extra patrols and the resulting arrests are a big win for bus drivers and commuters, who can now feel safer on late night buses.
A Bilgola man, 19, and an Avalon man, 21, were removed from the L90 bus at 9pm on Thursday and charged with drinking alcohol on a bus. Ten minutes later an Avalon man, 20, boarded an L90 bus at Avalon and began to drink alcohol, unaware he was sitting near plain-clothed police officers, who promptly removed him from the bus and charged him.
In a report in the Manly Daily on January 10, it was reported that three men had been charged with criminal or anti-social behaviour on buses and police are warning that their crackdown will intensify.
On Tuesday it was members of the public who led to the arrest of a man and a woman who tried to get on a bus without paying and then argued with the driver. After failing to gain entry to the bus, the man kicked the bus door.
In each case, the alleged offenders were young men drinking alcohol on buses blissfully unaware that some of the people on the buses were plain-clothed police officers.
Witnesses called 000 and were able to provide descriptions of the couple to the police, who found them and are now investigating whether charges can be laid.
RTBU Member Wins Colour TV in Direct Debit Promotion The RTBU is pleased to announce the lucky winner of the direct debit draw congratuations to Ms Manju Gautam, Customer Service Team Leader at Town Hall Station, who has won a new colour TV! The draw was part of a promotion to encourage new and existing members to pay their union dues by direct debit over the holiday period. RTBU Locomotive Secretary, Bob Haden and officers presented Manju with the television at Town Hall Station, pictured here with some of her work colleagues. All the best Manju from RTBU team.
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RTBU Joins Rally to save Medicare Members would have heard the recent announcement from the Abbott government to launch a "Commission of Audit” on the Australian Health Care services our communities rely on. This Commission is filled with Big Business bosses and they have made it clear that nothing is off limits. The purpose of the “audit” is to work out how the Government can cut back on delivering services to the community, including introducing a new $6 dollar fee every time you swipe your Medicare Card. However, we don’t believe it will stop there. They plan on expanding it to emergency room visits and possibly, pathology tests. As you know, Medicare for the past 30 years has been the backbone of Australia's public health system. Any plans for cuts, fees or privatisations are about creating a user-pays system like the broken health system in the USA, where those on low incomes have to choose between accessing health care or paying for food and rent. On Saturday 15th February, over 2000 people, including a strong deleation from the RTBU, rallied near the Sydney Town Hall and marched in the streets to increase public awareness – to “SAVE Medicare”. The Union will continue to campaign around ‘Jobs, Rights and Services’ for all members and their families. Keep an eye out on our RTBU Express website for more information.
RTBU Express Website RTBU Express is online! We have expanded the RTBU Express email which is sent to all members at the end of each month and created a new website to ensure members have a one-stop shop to keep up to date with union activities anytime. The new site will pull in all the info from Loco and Bus Express and feature all the bulletins, media releases and messages from the Secretary. You’ll be able to easily find your delegate, update your details or check out the latest campaigns or available training and there is a special section for our retired members to share information and events.
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How do you rate your health?
Are you feeling in the best shape ever? Or, if you are honest with yourself, do you think a better intake of healthier food choices and a bit of movement wouldn’t go astray, considering your current lifestyle?
The health of your prostate can cause a great deal of concern – even before a diagnosis is made.
When it comes to looking at your overall health there is so much to think about. But one thing is for certain. Your health – good or bad – can have a considerable impact on your life, potentially affecting your general wellbeing, your family, working conditions and financial state. Aside from rating yourself in terms of your health, it is vital you educate yourself about three of this nation’s major health conditions – heart health, prostate health and bowel health. It’s no secret these three conditions kill thousands of Aussies every year but if detected early enough, the impact it could have on you and your family can be greatly reduced or even eliminated.
Heart health Heart disease is Australia’s biggest killer, causing nearly 50,000 deaths every year. One in two Aussie men and one in three women run the risk of developing heart disease and the sad fact is that it is mostly preventable. In fact most people don’t even stop to think about how their heart works until something goes wrong.
Too many men will tell they have had certain symptoms for months before seeing their GP and by that stage they are frozen with fear it could be the BIG C! It is important to remember that other prostate conditions besides cancer can occur. These include prostatitis (caused by inflammation), prostatodynia (causing pain within the pelvic region but is easily treated) or an enlarged prostate (which is common for older men). All four prostate related problems can have very similar symptoms so it’s important to see your GP for an assessment to ensure the health of your prostate and to ease your mind. Find out who is most at risk, what you can do to minimise your risk and when you need to start getting your prostate checked.
Bowel health The health of your bowel is not the kind of topic that gets discussed around the lunch room or dinner table very often. But with 1 in 12 Aussies being diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age of 85, understanding what is normal when it comes to your bowel is vital so you know when something is NOT so normal.
The heart isn’t that different from the engine in your car. To work effectively it requires: • A tubing system to move the blood around the body • An electrical system to coordinate the pump’s activity
According to statistics, more and more younger people (7% of those diagnosed) are being diagnosed with bowel cancer and like prostate cancer and heart disease there is a strong genetic link. If you want to help prevent or minimise your risk of bowel cancer it’s important to know your family history of the disease and start getting check-ups at the appropriate times for early detection.
Discover what your heart actually does and what you can do to keep it in good nick. Learn about your blood pressure, cholesterol and how you can recognise the signs of a heart attack.
Learn how the bowel works, common symptoms of bowel cancer, screening for bowel cancer and how you can minimise your risk from this silent killer.
Remember, stay healthy, stay informed. This wellbeing message brought to you by rt health fund – the health fund for transport and electricity people. www.rthealthfund.com.au/rtbu.html or 1300 7828 10 References 1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, ‘Cardiovascular Disease: Australian Facts 2011’. 2 The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA): www.prostate.org.au 3 Bowel Cancer Australia (BCA) www.bowelcanceraustralia.org.au © RT Health Fund 2011. 0911/2363
Rejection of Kings Cross rail shuttle is a rejection of common sense The RTBU believes that the NSW Government’s rejection of a late night train shuttle to take revellers out of Kings Cross is a rejection of a sensible solution to the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence in the precinct. NSW RTBU Secretary Alex Claassens said train workers supported an increase in late night services, with appropriate levels of security, to move people out of trouble hot spots and make it easier for them to get home safely. Mr Claassens said he and a delegation of RTBU train crew and delegates met with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, late last year to discuss public transport solutions to the ongoing issues of violence in and around the city. Transport workers have practical and workable solutions to public transport challenges and we welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Lord Mayor and offer operational advice on making a rail shuttle work.
“It is clear public transport must be part of the package of measures to keep people safe when they are out late at night. “An all night, high frequency, rail shuttle taking people away from Kings Cross, and other hot spots like Bondi Junction, back to the city to catch other transport to the suburbs is a simple and effective way to prevent the trouble that is often caused after venues close and people are trying to get home. “It is disappointing that the Transport Minister has dismissed the initiative so quickly. “Rejecting the shuttle is simply a rejection of common sense. “We urge the NSW Government to take a serious look at the Lord Mayor’s proposal and reconsider their position.
What Is the Real Rail Agenda? The NSW Government is preparing the ground to take the NSW rail network and break it into bite-size pieces that it can sell off to the private sector. The first step in the plan will be played out through the upcoming rail Enterprise Agreement. Here’s the play card:
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Super Tax, Super Unfair The Abbott Government has announced the following changes to the taxation of superannuation: 1. Increase the tax on superannuation paid by workers earning less than $37,000 from 0% to 15% 2. Reduce the tax on superannuation paid by workers who earn over $300,000 from 30% to 15% Tony Abbott is taking from the lower paid workers, and giving to the higher paid workers. The changes undo reforms introduced by the Labor Government to boost the retirement savings of low paid workers while ensuring the country’s top earners pay their fair share of tax. Increased Tax The increased tax on super will negatively impact 3.5 million low-income workers who will now miss out on about $830 million dollars in retirement savings (based on Government forward estimates).
What the table shows, is that those most able to afford to pay for their own retirement (earning more than $180,000) get a 30% discount on money they put into super while those who are worse off actually pay more tax than normal on their super. This can also be illustrated by the amount of Government support that male workers will receive in their retirement. In the graph below, the first column represents how much Government support is received by the lowest 10% of male earners (approx. $250,000, mainly in the form of the age pension ) and how much is received by the top 1% of male earners on the far right (approx. $520,000 in the form of tax concessions).
Under Tony Abbott’s changes, workers who earn $35,000 will have their super contributions reduced by $485.62 or 17%. Increased concession for top earners The changes will mean that those earning over $300,000 will be paying the same tax rate on their super as the country’s lowest paid workers. Under Prime Minister Abbott’s changes, people who earn $300,001 receive $4,162.50 in tax savings into their superannuation accounts. Distribution of Tax Concession Tony Abbott’s changes will reinforce inequality in the way that superannuation is taxed and in the retirement savings that workers will have access to later in life. One way of assessing this inequality can be seen in a comparison of tax concessions received by different earnings groups. The table below outlines the tax concessions received by workers based on their earnings, after Prime Minister Abbott changes (calculated as the difference between income tax and superannuation tax).
These changes will see further increases in retirement inequality. It’s estimated that the average couple will need a superannuation account balance of at least $716,000 in order to live comfortably in retirement – which doesn’t take into account future medical costs. This is a difficult task for those earning less than $38,000 a year, and will only become harder after Tony Abbott’s changes. Let Prime Minister Abbott Know you won’t stand for this. Contact Maryanne Stuart for petitions and help educate the community on these proposed changes before it’s too late! (02) 9264 2511.
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RTBU Newcastle Office Official Opening The newly refurbished Newcastle Office of the RTBU will be officially opened on Monday 31 March. The NSW Labor Opposition Leader John Robertson will officially open the Newcastle Office at 33 Gordon Street Hamilton. All RTBU members and friends are invited to attend this celebration from 10am - 2pm, and to indulge in light refreshments and a BBQ on the day. The official ceremony should take place at approximately 12.30pm.
Bus Member BBQ time Acknowledging our Loyal Membership As we start a year that will be dominated by Award negotiations and fighting for our rights, the RTBU Tram and Bus Division is committed to continuing to listen to members concerns and ideas, and our BBQ gatherings provide the perfect opportunity. Time permitting, the union intends to repeat the efforts of recent years and conduct these BBQ’s during the course of the year. The picture below is from the Port Botany RTBU BBQ at the end of last year. Pictured is RTBU Port Botany Delegate Mick De Meo and RTBU Assistant Branch Secretary David Woollams.
RTBU Members can also take advantage of the United Services Union’s Aquatic Resort at Port Macquarie The RTBU and USU have a reciprocal arrangement where members of each union can book holidays at the two locations, at member discounted rates. The USU owns the Aquatic holiday resort, in a glorious location on the Hastings River at Port Macquarie on the north coast of New South Wales. The resort consists of a Motel and a Caravan Park. Stay in comfort at the holiday resort and enjoy great discounts and great style while relaxing in what many say is the best climate in Australia. No matter what type of holiday you are after your needs are covered. Lots to do any time of the year! There are a lot of attractions in the area for you and your family – have a great game of Putt-Putt golf or try Jet boating, Parra Sailing, Waterslides, Wave Bowling & Lawn Bowls which are all within walking distance. And don’t forget the fishing!Please note – there are no tent sites at the Port Macquarie Caravan Park. You can contact the motel or caravan park by calling the Comfort Inn Aquatic Motel on 02 6583 7388 or the Aquatic Palms Caravan Park on 02 6584 9155 or check the website at www.aquaticinport.com.au You can also call the United Services Union’s Head Office on 02 9265 8211 for more information. Members must provide proof of identity plus their RTBU membership card at the time of arrival at Jervis Bay or Port Macquarie United Services Union or full rates will apply.
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On the Campaign Trail Politicians Address Women’s Campaign Committee On the 19th February, women from all divisions of the NSW Branch of the RTBU met to hear from Guest speakers and provide industrial reports on issues affecting them and their families. We were honoured to have the Deputy Opposition Leader and Federal Member for Sydney, the Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, attend our WCC. Ms Plibersek brought members up to date on the Federal issues – Medicare, Employment Relations and the Royal Commission into Union Governance. We were also fortunate to have the Honourable Sophie Cotsis, MLC, NSW Parliament, join us and address the changes in NSW affecting women – as workers and as members of the wider community.
Discrimination can range from being overlooked for a promotion to being denied reasonable requests for flexible working arrangements because of your family. In response, the Australian Human Rights Commission has been conducting a National Review that looks at the prevalence, nature and consequences of pregnancy and return to work discrimination. Unions including the RTBU, met with representatives from the Australian Human Rights Commission to discuss their concerns referring to real case studies.
Further speakers were Linda Carruthers, Combined Rail Unions Co-ordinator for Rail Enterprise Agreement Negotiations, Unions NSW and, Emma Maiden, Assistant Secretary, Unions NSW. Emma spoke about the work Unions NSW has undertaken in relation to Child Care and Return to Work matters. Child Care: The Productivity Commission is conducting an Inquiry into Child Care. The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians. Its role is to help governments make better policies in the long term interest of the Australian community. Emma spoke about the submission made by Unions NSW on behalf of all State based Unions. The union movement will be talking about the importance of affordable, quality childcare that meets the needs of all workers (not just those who work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, including shiftworkers). Return to Work: in 2013 union members shared their experiences and helped shape the Unions NSW position on Paid Parental Leave. The Australian Human Rights Commission reports that: • 67,300 women believed they experienced some level of discrimination in the workplace while pregnant • 21% of discrimination complaints were related to pregnancy or family responsibilities.
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Training Workshops for Local Union Community Councils (LUCCs) On the 17th February, over 50 community activists from all over NSW, including Nurses, Teachers, and Firies, came to Trades Hall in Sydney for a Local Union Community Council Training day. They spent the day in many workshops and panel discussions on how they could take the lessons learnt, and better arm themselves to create a stronger community voice. There were guest speakers from the Cancer Council, Amnesty International and the Sydney Alliance, talking about how to get in touch with the community, and connect with them so we can strengthen our LUCCs. If you want to know more about your Local Union Community council check out this list to find your nearest one, Join today and become a stronger voice for a stronger community, fighting for better jobs, rights, and services. For more information, contact Maryanne Stuart.
Our Transport The RTBU has joined forces with seven other transport unions to launch the Our Transport campaign calling for a public transport system that is safe, reliable, clean and affordable. Our Transport calls for an end to slashing staff, outsourcing services, cutting security and underinvesting in the system, if NSW is to achieve a public transport system we can all be proud of. The campaign website will also house information for members on the rail enterprise agreement negotiations and the bulletins that the combined unions team put out after each meeting with management. You can check it out at www.ourtransport.org.au
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Be A Part of the RTBU Delegation at the Bridging Sydney – City Assembly on March 26
Sydney Alliance brings together people from diverse community organisations, unions, universities and religious organisations who want a better city. The Alliance is the largest and most diverse network of citizens in Sydney.
Do you want your politicians to hear your voice, Our Union Voice? The Sydney Alliance is a non-party political organisation which brings together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organisations to advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city. This year we’ll be stepping up and tackling State wide issues. Front and centre is PUBLIC TRANSPORT. In 3 weeks we will publically launch this agenda. Two thousand people from across Sydney and from all walks of life will gather on 26 March 2014 to launch a new movement in Sydney’s civil society.
With a year to go before the next NSW election together, we will launch the Sydney Alliance agenda for the common good with specific asks from the NSW Government on the issues of public transport, affordable housing and supported job pathways (WorkingStart!).
Sydney Alliance is a way for people to have their say in what they want for Sydney now and in the long term and to act together with others that feel the same way.
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RTBU members and friends are invited to be part of a major community event at Sydney Town Hall on 26 March. Join 2000 people from unions, community organisations, universities and religious organisations to launch the Sydney Alliance agenda for the common good. This agenda will focus on public transport, affordable housing and supported job pathways.
The RTBU has 100 seats will you join us? By coming to this launch you will add your RTBU voice to our demand for change. When Wednesday 26 March 2014 Time Doors open at 6:15pm. Will conclude at 8:30pm sharp Where Sydney Town Hall George Street Sydney CBD RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 02 9264 2511
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Join the RTBU Retired Members Association Many retired members continue to receive copies of the journal Rail & Road, and take an interest in the life of the union. Many have also said that they would like to maintain a closer connection and involvement with the work of the union. The RTBU Retired Members Association was established to provide a forum for former members to meet, work on campaigns, address issues of particular relevance for retirees and to identify ways of assisting, supporting and contributing to the work of the union. It is expected that the Retired Members Association will function independently and pursue issues that it identifies as priorities. If you are a retired member of our union, we would like you to consider joining the Retired Members Association. Membership forms are available from the RTBU Head Office, Level 4, 321 Pitt Street, Sydney or on the union website: www.rtbu-nsw.asn.au
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Old Warriors Continue to Fight for Rail Services Retired RTBU member Greg Price may no longer be on the job, but he and his colleagues in Goulburn and the Southern Highlands continue to work hard on ensuring improved rail services in the region. Greg is actively involved in the Southern Highlands Rail User Group and the Local Union Community Council (LUCC), and continues to fight tirelessly for rail services and commuters in his local area. RTBU State Secretary, Alex Claaasens recently attended meetings of the Rail User Group and LUCC to witness first hand, the enthusiasm for protecting and improving rail services in the area. The Southern Highlands Rail User Group and Mr Price have attracted the attention of local media in their plight to improve services. The Goulburn Post has reported on how the new timetables will disadvantage commuters, and quoting Mr Price’s concerns about how government has resisted even meeting with with commuter groups, and its narrow focus on providing services to selective areas of the region. The Group expressed its public disappointment at the announced new timetables, when its stated that: “And despite a diversity of local bodies including the
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Goulburn Workers’ Club’s Day Out Society membership, the Goulburn Group and Mayor Geoff Kettle all taking the matter up with the administration and being massaged with reassuring words from Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian that the timetable was still in progress, this city’s needs have in reality been ignored, particularly in respect to the 7.14am Sydney Endeavour,” Grep Price and his co-horts will continue to fight to improve the services and timetabling, including getting the two morning endeavour services to run to the earlier times, so that commuters can arrive in Sydney in time for work. This is the value of retired RTBU members who remain passionate about public transport, taking the fight up in their local community to ensure that rail users are not disadvantaged through poor services or timetabling. We applaud Greg and other retired members for their invaluable voluntary efforts to protect their local rail services.
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Greens Call for Double Decker Trains for North West Rail Link The Greens MLC, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has recently distributed a brochure questioning the NSW Government proposal to construct a single deck NWRL that is not capable of integrating with the rest of the network the content of the Green brochure is reproduced below. The NSW government is finally building the long-awaited North West Rail Link. This is an overdue public transport project, and the Greens are supportive of building a rail connection to the north west. However, there is an enormous 'catch' that could make the whole $8.3 billion project redundant: The government is proposing to spend the money constructing a single-deck, driverless ‘metro-style’ train system, instead of stand-ard double-deck Sydney Trains that have the capacity to integrate with the rest of the network.
chaotic, crowded, and potentially inopera-ble without increasing peak-hour double-deck services coming down the North Shore Line. The government has not yet released plans for how Chatswood will handle thousands more commuters changing trains every day before the mythi-cal second harbour crossing is built. • The line is being constructed as a public-private partnership: a business model that over the past decade has resulted in such overpriced, underutilised infrastructure fiascoes such as the Cross City Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel, and the Airport Rail Link.
North West Rail Link with existing Epping-Chatswood line Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has tried to justify the single-deck decision as a way of cutting “dwell times” and increasing ca-pacity. But what’s the whole story? • Metro-style trains’ inability to integrate with the existing network will mean that this line will operate separately and isolated until more single-deckcompatible lines are built, for which no strategy, program or budget has been announced by the government. • The new Epping-Chatswood line, only opened in 2009, will have to be retrofit-ted for the metro-style services. The government has not yet announced how the existing Epping-Chatswood services will be replaced while the line is being ‘converted’, which could take up to 12 months. • Travellers from stations north of Epping will no longer be able to go directly into the city via Chatswood, instead having to change at either Epping or Chatswood. • Single-deck trains have less space for seating, meaning commuters will have an uncomfortable journey over long distances. This also disincentivises people from using rail, which will only be an attractive transport option so long as it is reliable, frequent, and pleasant. • Independent Fairfax Media analysis has shown that the City-bound change-over at Chatswood will be
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The government has the option of avoiding a complete disaster simply by building tunnels big enough for doubledeck trains to be installed in the future. But currently, the plans are to drill tunnels 40 cm too small for standard Sydney Trains rolling stock. Larger tunnels must be built in order to accommodate double-deck trains. It’s not too late to change the Transport Minister’s mind. ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE Check out the Double-Deck Trains For North West Rail campaign website at www.mehreenfaruqi.org.au/NWRL. You can: • Email Gladys Berejiklian and tell the Transport Minister we need larger tunnels to accommodate double-deck • Download and share our campaign material • Sign the petition initiated by Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust • Read and watch more articles and videos about the new rail link • Sign up to volunteer in Mehreen’s office and help us build the campaign!
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Do you sleep better at night knowing you’ve taken care of ‘just in case’?
The RTBU health plan gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if the unexpected happens, you’re in the driver’s seat.
Call us today quote or comp for a your currenatrison with c o ve r . RTBU members and their families receive: • 5% discount off every one of our health cover choices • An immediate waiver of all 2, 3 and 6-month waiting periods • $150 petrol or grocery voucher (your choice), just to say thanks for coming on board! Plus ... you’ll receive a special RTBU health plan membership card that can be used for on-the-spot claims and fast assistance with a dedicated RTBU member helpline, email and website. For a personal consultation, or to arrange a workplace visit for you and your team, contact Alison, your RTBU health plan consultant. Call 0467 000 717 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.rthealthfund.com.au/rtbu.html
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Published on Mar 24, 2014