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Update: Aurizon Bargaining

Some progress

Negotiations proceeded last week with delegates at the table in the agreed groups. Delegates reported that they were cautiously optimistic about discussions making small but significant progress.
The groups met last week on the basis that if there was progress it would continue this week. Delegates were keen to continue discussions so long as they remained productive. Following some internal discussion within the management tent, they agreed and negotiations are back underway this week.

We expect to provide a more detailed report on discussions as the week progresses.

New Notices from Management

If you haven’t already, you will soon receive a ‘Notice of Representational Rights’ from Aurizon. You might remember that at the commencement of the process over a year ago similar notices were sent.

The reason new notices are being sent is because the number of proposed agreements and the people that would be covered by them have recently changed. As a result, management have to reissue these notices.

The contents of the notice are dictated by the Fair Work Act which is why they are legalistic and dry.

The fact remains that unions remain the default bargaining representatives for people in Aurizon and this is a formality required now the scope of agreements has changed.

Some people have asked if they need to do anything about these notices – the answer is simple. You don’t need to do anything.

Griffith University Survey on behalf of the Combined Rail Unions

Some members may receive phone calls from someone identifying themselves as being from Griffith University conducting a survey about Aurizon and bargaining.

The survey is conducted on behalf of all Rail Unions for the purpose of Aurizon’s case against its workforce – where it is trying to cancel your current agreements and the protections they contain.

Before a decision can be made, the Fair Work Commission is required to consider the opinion of Aurizon employees. That’s why Rail Unions are running this important survey. Your voice is critically important so members are urged to take the survey if they ring and be part of this important process.

Rest assured it is a confidential survey – your individual results will not be published – they are combined with others to produce a report.

If you have any queries, please direct them to the Union office.

Unity is Strength

Owen Doogan
RTBU State Secretary
Queensland Branch