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Courier Mail Attacks Traincrew -
Once again the Courier Mail has embarked on an attack on the honesty of Traincrew and their Union.
Traincrew Update: Agreement Approved, Roster Workings & Cyclone Debbie - Yesterday your Agreement was approved by Fair Work Australia.
Traincrew Agreement Update - Your Union has received numerous calls from members questioning the progress of the Traincrew Agreement that was submitted to Fair Work some 4 weeks ago.


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Recruitment of Traincrew Positions 10 Jan 2017
The RTBU has received several calls and emails over the lack of feedback from HR Central for unsuccessful candidates who applied for Traincrew...


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RTBU Seeks One Traincrew Union for Queensland 10 Nov 2016
On several occasions over the last few years the RTBU has sought discussions with the AFULE on the possibility of an amalgamation between the two...


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Traincrew Shortage Update 25 Oct 2016
Today your Union met with Queensland Rail over the Traincrew shortage that has led to the introduction of a reduced services timetable. The...


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RTBU and AFULE Queensland Rail Traincrew Agreement Update 17 Oct 2016
Your Unions have been holding meetings throughout the Protected Industrial Action ballot with both Queensland Rail and the Government...


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OBCS Roster Code of Practise 1 Aug 2016
As members will very much appreciate, the Roster Code of Practise is an important process particularly for those who work in shift work environments...


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LNP derails Moreton Bay rail link project 31 May 2016
When the Federal and State LNP pulled over $150 million from the funding of the Moreton Bay Rail Link Project (MBRL) in 2014, they called it removing...


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Agreements Formally Approved: now for the back pay 4 Apr 2016
The Fair Work Commission has now formally approved the Queensland Rail Agreements. They come into force as of the 8 April 2016. The formal...


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QR Agreements Voted Up 18 Mar 2016
Voting closed yesterday in the ballot for the recently negotiated QR Agreements. A huge majority of members voted for the agreements, in the order...


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Your Rights at Work: seeking medical attention for an injury 14 Mar 2016
If you’ve been injured at work, it is important that you understand your rights so that you are placed in the best position possible should you wish...


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Make sure you have your say on QR EBAs 8 Mar 2016
Voting is now underway for Qld Rail Enterprise Agreements. You’ve had an opportunity to attend a session, read the agreements along with the...


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QR EBA News Update 8 Jan 2016
I refer members to Circular #84/2015 forwarded on 23/12/15, advising of the outcome of the negotiations on the enterprise agreement including the...


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QR EBA News Update 23 Dec 2015
This circular is designed for QR Delegates. It’s provided more details than are included in the general members circulars so you have answers for...


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RTBU Train Controllers Provide a Thumping “YES” Vote for Industrial Action 16 Dec 2015
RTBU Train Controllers in QR have voted in large numbers and overwhelmingly support industrial action to secure a fair agreement. 91% of members...


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QR Enterprise Agreement: Update 11 Dec 2015
As members will be aware there are a number of outstanding issues in respect of the Enterprise Agreement not yet agreed. The Union is still pursuing...


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QR Bargaining Update 27 Nov 2015
Protected Action Ballots are now under way in Control and Rollingstock Maintenance with the Electoral Commission shortly to post out voting papers.


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Trainee Guard Positions 27 Nov 2015
There have been numerous calls and emails to the RTBU over the calling of Trainee Guard positions being advertised at the same time both internally...


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Combined Unions: Industrial Action Proposed for QR 18 Nov 2015
Rail Unions have been consulting with members and delegates for the last few weeks and the feedback has been overwhelming. Members are fed up with...


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QR Bargaining 5 Nov 2015
There has been several negotiation meetings which have occurred over the last few months aimed at getting to a fair outcome in bargaining. Members...


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Combined Unions: QR Bargaining 9 Oct 2015
Bargaining has continued weekly for some weeks now with slow but important progress being made. Following the survey of members, and the...


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Update: Bargaining 15 Sep 2015
The pace of bargaining has been slower than the RTBU would have liked, but it’s for good reason. The RTBU and other rail unions have been keen to...


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QR Workplace Flexibility Survey: beware of wolves in sheep's clothing 31 Jul 2015
QR has issued a questionnaire to staff seeking their views on workplace flexibility. While some may see this as an innocent process it is not a...


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ARTC Plans Rejected 29 Jun 2015
Members may be aware that the previous LNP Government along with the Abbott Government were exploring the transfer of the QR network (infrastructure...


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Enterprise Bargaining Agreements for QR Commencing Shortly 12 Jun 2015
Late yesterday we were contacted by QR management with advice that the long awaited negotiation for replacement agreements will commence shortly. The...


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Rail Union's Victory in High Court
Following the LNP Government’s decision to transfer QR worker’s conditions from the Federal system to the Queensland Industrial Relations system the...


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High Court Challenge Against LNP’s Removal of QR Workers’ Conditions 31 Mar 2015
Members may recall that the LNP Government enacted Legislation which they interpreted meant that they could remove the protections Queensland Rail...


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Queensland Rail Case Update 2 Feb 2015
Last Saturday, the people of Queensland delivered their verdict on the Qld Government’s programme of asset sales and unfair IR laws. The result was...


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Threat of Rail Privatisation: Queensland Rail 27 Jan 2015
Attached is a document taken from the LNP Government’s website indicating their preference to privatise Queensland Rail through a tendering process.


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Queensland Election - Enrolment Message 6 Jan 2015
The Queensland Election is now set and the issues for members couldn’t be clearer. We’ve seen years of an arrogant government that has broken...


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QR & Campbell Newman out to Swipe away your Conditions 5 Dec 2014
It is with grave disappointment I have to advise you that the RTBU has been involved in negotiation (conciliation) with QR since the overwhelming...


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Combined Unions Circular: Update on QIRC Proceedings
The combined rail Unions were dragged back to attend a conference this morning at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). Despite...


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QR Agreements: Massive No Vote 12 Nov 2014
With the exception of Traincrew and Station Staff areas, QR employees have recently voted on a draft agreement from QR management which did not have...


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Half Staff Day Returned for Shift-Workers 28 Oct 2014
Members may be aware that QR announced earlier this month that the half-staff day would continue for those employees in receipt of four weeks leave...


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Voting Opens for Proposed QR Agreement 28 Oct 2014
Voting opens for the proposed Queensland Rail agreement at 0800 on Wednesday 29 October! Make sure you have your say. Although the ballot...


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QR Road Show 2014 20 Oct 2014
The Queensland Rail proposed agreement road show began this morning. The agreement is now available on the Queensland Rail portal for employees to...


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Members to get their say 1 Oct 2014
Members will be aware that negotiations have been going on for a relatively short time to try and get an Enterprise Agreement. Negotiations have...


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Update: QR Agreement Negotiations 17 Sep 2014
On Friday last week in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC), your Union and Queensland Rail were directed to continue talks that...


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URGENT UPDATE: QR Agreements 19 Aug 2014
While the Premier, Transport Minister and their advisors put on a media stunt over the great work Queensland Rail workers have done to improve the on...


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Bargaining Rollingstock 27 Jun 2014
Negotiations in Rollingstock Maintenance kicked off this week with delegates considering the proposals put by management and working through the...


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Queensland Rail Promoting BUPA 16 Jun 2014
Your Union has had calls today from members advising that Queensland Rail is promoting BUPA health insurance. This is of some surprise, given the...


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Privatisation of North-West Corridor (Mt Isa to Townsville) 29 May 2014
I refer members to the RTBU QR Circular dated 16 April 2014 (link below) in which I advised that the Queensland Government Treasurer, Tim Nicholls,...


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QR EA Bargaining Commences 23 May 2014
Bargaining with QR commenced this week regarding all members’ Agreements (with the exception of Traincrew, which occurred last year), with...


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Enterprise Agreement Survey 29 Apr 2014
Attached is a survey form relating to your next Enterprise Agreement negotiations for your perusal, completion and return to the RTBU State Office.


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Privatisation of North-West Corridor Back on Government Agenda 16 Apr 2014
Some weeks ago the RTBU was advised by both Government and the ARTC that the investigation into the ARTC taking over the control and operation of the...


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Member Update 20 Mar 2014
I refer members to the RTBU Circular dated 25 February 2014 in which I advised that the Queensland Government had announced their intention for an...


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Qld Government ARTC Investigation
Today an announcement was made by both the State Government and the Federal Government that a review will commence seeking to determine whether it is...


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Managing Surplus Positions
The RTBU was advised today that Queensland Rail intended to introduce changes to how they manage surplus positions which are planned to be introduced...


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QR Arrangements for the Christmas & New Year
I refer members to the RTBU newsletter on the above matter dated 11 November 2013. Following the RTBU approach to Queensland Rail, I met with HR...


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QR Arrangements for the Christmas & New Year
I refer members to my previous correspondence on the above dated 11 & 12 November, in which I advised I had had discussions with the Queensland Rail...


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Christmas & New Year Arrangements
The RTBU was surprised by the change to the long held arrangements for the festive season by Queensland Rail, announced on Friday. This is the...


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Newman Government’s WorkChoices Mk2 24 Oct 2013
Last week the Newman Government introduced to parliament a Bill to amend the Industrial Relations Act which, amongst other things, removed a...


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Go Card Employee Travel 7 Jun 2013
Your union was shocked to hear via the media that Queensland Rail employees were to be issued a Go Card for home and duty travel and on duty travel...


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Democracy: LNP Style: No Forced Redundancies, etc - All Gone 3 May 2013
The Newman LNP Government has intervened in a democratic Agreement between Queensland Rail workers and the employer Queensland Rail by utilising...


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Queensland Rail Transit Authority Bill 2013 23 Apr 2013
The Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union have been representing workers across all grades in Queensland Rail (QR) for well over a century. We have seen...


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QR Transfer to a Statutory Authority 17 Apr 2013
Members would have read the statements from the Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Qld Governments intention to change the status of...


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Medical Consent Dispute
As you may be aware, the RTBU has produced a medical consent form which outlines the conditions under which a member agrees to release their medical...


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VER Programme Queensland Rail - Update 21 Nov 2012
Members would be aware that the RTBU has sought a number of additional meetings with Queensland Rail to discuss further concerns in relation to the...


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QR VER Program - Update 9 Nov 2012
The RTBU yesterday attended a meeting with Queensland Rail HR management to further discuss the VER programme that is currently being conducted...


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Progress in Addressing QR's Inappropriate use of PIP Process 25 Oct 2012
Earlier this month the RTBU sought discussions with QR Senior Management about QR’s recent use of performance improvement plans (PIPs) to manage...


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VER Program in Qld Rail 27 Sep 2012
The RTBU has now received official correspondence from QR regarding their decision on how the voluntary early retirement programme will work. In...


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Qld Government Announces over 500 Jobs to go 11 Sep 2012
The Queensland Government has today announced over 500 jobs to go in Queensland Rail. There has been absolutely no consultation with Unions about...


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Unplanned Absenteeism 31 Aug 2012
This week the RTBU received numerous phone calls requesting Union assistance to attend performance improvement plan meetings on the basis that...


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Qld Rail Safety Communications 10 Aug 2012
Members may not be aware of this Procedure it is called ‘Workplace Safety and Environment Communications’ (MD-12-144). It sounds innocent enough...


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Qld Rail Freeze on Recruitment 26 Jul 2012
The RTBU has had discussions with the Government in respect of the recruitment freeze currently being conducted by Queensland Rail. Since the...


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Qld Rail Freeze on Filling Vacancies 3 Jul 2012
The RTBU has received copies of the “A message from A/Chief Executive Officer, Jim Benstead” headed “Strong focus for new financial year.” The...