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Aurizon Industrial Relations Ballot

The RTBU has received complaints from members, particularly in Western Queensland, who have indicated that they have not received ballot papers in respect of the Industrial Relations Ballot for certain areas of Aurizon.

The RTBU contacted the Australian Electoral Commission in respect of this as did some of our members and the Electoral Commission have advised that there is little they can do as they believe the delay is “predominantly due to service delivery from Australia Post”.

This could impact on the number of members that are able to vote in this ballot which is of some significance given that the requirement under the Act is that at least 50% of those entitled to vote return a ballot paper by the close of ballot tomorrow (10/12/14) at 10am.

We know there is disappointment amongst these members as there has been a strong indication that they wanted to send a message to Aurizon by voting “Yes” in this ballot. However, the RTBU is confident that a sufficient number of members will return a ballot and will be surprised if there is not a significant “yes” vote given the feedback that has been provided from members involved during this process. I shall ensure members are advised of the outcome tomorrow.

Unity is Strength

Owen Doogan
RTBU State Secretary,
Queensland Branch