Another public transport crisis was averted after workers in Sydney and NSW Trains voted to adopt their recent enterprise agreement. Both agreements – one for NSW Trains employees and the other for Sydney Trains workers – are now subject to fair work approval. The EA infrastructure came into effect on Friday, November 1, 2019, the Rolling Stock EA came into effect on February 18, 2019 and the EA Rail Operations came into effect on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Infrastructure (PDF) Rail Operations (PDF) Rolling Stock (PDF) To see our current enterprise agreements, click on the links below: The result came Saturday night after the publication of a mail-in vote with 52.8 percent of Sydney Trains employees who voted in favor of the deal and 50.8 percent of NSW Trains employees also for this. Despite the result, the railway, tram and bus union was unimpressed by the offer, accusing Transport Minister Andrew Constance of the “stress” caused by the negotiations. “It wasn`t easy for anyone. The workers had to fight tooth and nail to get to this point. “The Minister of Transport should look at this result and ask himself what he is going to do to repair the chaos he has put himself in,” he said. Fairfax Media sought Minister Constance`s advice. Cooperation with our employees to agree on our next enterprise agreements is a priority for all of us, as we are in negotiations.
These new agreements will help us shape our people for the future and together we can build a thriving and advanced metro for all. “It is good that workers have at least certainty about their working conditions and wages at least now. This is far from an overwhelming vote,” said Alex Claassens, the union`s secretary of state. The agreement provides that they will each receive an annual salary increase of 3 per cent over three years, as well as a one-time payment of 1000 $US and seven days of paid domestic violence leave. Our employees are highly skilled, passionate and dedicated, but to succeed as a one-team, One Metro, and in this environment of change, we need to create a more modern workstation with flexible staff that provides our employees with satisfying jobs and careers for the future. The Secretary of State of the Railway, Tram and Bus Union Alex Claassens welcomed the agreement for railway workers, but said he was still disappointed by the way the state government is handling the issue. Credit: Daniel Munoz.