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Aurizon Bargaining

Industrial Action Ballot

Members in Traincrew state-wide as well as Operations members in the North-West corridor (ARG) areas voted overwhelmingly in favour of commencing a campaign of industrial action in Aurizon.

Today, the Australian Electoral Commission counted the vote of members across the five questions. All questions were voted up, with members voting in favour of them. The yes vote sat around 85% and beyond.

What this means is that once it is officiated by the Fair Work Commission, the RTBU can take industrial action during an initial period of 30 days with the possibility of the Fair Work Commission extending that for a further 30 days. Beyond these periods, a further ballot would need to be taken to retain our ability to fight an industrial campaign.
Now there is certainty about the result, we will continue to consult with senior delegates and our legal/industrial team to commence the fight to put real pressure on Aurizon to get real with a fair deal.

Negotiations

Bargaining has recommenced in the blue collar areas to try and further pursue agreement. So far there isnít much to report except that a schedule of meetings has been proposed through the remainder of this year and into the first quarter of next year.

Regardless of anything else, it is important to remember that the aim of all of the collective effort is to get an agreement. Itís got to be a fair agreement, but we wonít get anything without sitting and negotiating.

Members are pleased that we are now using the lawful means available to us to take protest action against the company and put some pressure on Aurizon to get real.

Itís high time that this company, one which does extremely well by all its own measures, realised that now is the time to get serious about negotiations. Itís time Aurizon dropped their exaggerated claims and negotiated an agreement people will vote for.

Unity is Strength

Owen Doogan
RTBU State Secretary,
Queensland Branch