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Combined Unions: Industrial Action Proposed for QR

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 the lack of progress in negotiations and in particular are not happy with key issues being rejected by QR. Itís not good enough.

Today, we have commenced the industrial campaign asking the Fair Work Commission to hold ballots of members to approve industrial action. Members in Network Control will be the first to vote with other areas to follow shortly.

QR need to get serious about dealing with insecure employment, where contracting out and labour hire is becoming a free for all. Casual employment needs to be used for what itís designed for rather than the extended probation it has become.

Itís time we had fair rules for recruitment and selection as well. The current policy doesnít support people having and following a career in QR. We need to see a significant improvement in this.

The pay freeze is also an issue that is key to members. QR employees have been without a pay rise for about two and a half years and itís simply not acceptable. QR need to agree to our claim for backdating of any wage increase agreed back to anniversary date of the current agreements in 2013.

Different areas also have some particular challenges in bargaining and we need to see a renewed sense of seriousness from QR in bargaining Ė we need to see serious consideration of our proposals, and sensible negotiation.

Moving into an industrial campaign is a significant and important step forward. It shows we are serious about our claims and prepared to take lawful and reasonable action to advance them.

Your workplace delegate is the best source of information on next steps so make sure you are in touch with them. We will keep members informed of developments as they arise.

Unity is Strength
Owen Doogan
State Secretary, RTBU

Rohan Webb
State Secretary, AMWU

Peter Simpson
State Secretary, CEPU - Electrical Division

Adam Kerslake
Director, Professionals Australia