General Circulars

Rail Safety National Law (1 July 17) - All Rail Member Circular 29/6/2017
Shayne Kummerfeld to Resign - All Southern District Member Newsletter 22/5/2017


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Cyclone Debbie MB Flyer 7 Apr 2017


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BMA Certified Agreement Update 24 Jan 2017
I refer to our most recent newsletter regarding the expiration of the current BMA Agreement in June and how as part of renewing that agreement, the...


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BMA Certified Agreement 12 Jan 2017
The current BMA agreement expires 17 June 2017 and as part of renewing that agreement, the RTBU is committed to getting feedback from members based...


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Festive Greetings 2016/17 23 Dec 2016
The RTBU State Office in Brisbane will be closed between Christmas and New Year but calls will be monitored and there will be Organisers...


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RTBU Support for Manmeet 31 Oct 2016


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Labour Hire: Proposed Worker Protection Against Exploitation 5 Oct 2016
I’m sure members are well aware labour hire has unfortunately become a prominent player in employment of workers over the last few years. This has,...


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BMA Meetings Update 29 Aug 2016
Firstly, thank you to all the Traincrew who took the time out on their days off to attend the meetings in Mackay last week. It certainly was a great...


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Superannuation Changes: QSuper Defined Benefits 26 Aug 2016
Some members are currently contributing to the defined benefit superannuation scheme which provides for a multiplier method based on your rate of pay...


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Secret Women's Business 22 Aug 2016
I’m going to be frank, this newsletter is about women’s matters and is set to make the men who read it, squirm. If you’re not a woman and you think...


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BMA: Paid Personal & Carer’s Leave Update 29 Jul 2016
I refer you to recent newsletters about the RTBU campaign to ensure that BMA are...


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2016 Federal Election 29 Jun 2016
This is a particularly important Federal election coming on Saturday and it is not the intention of the RTBU to advise you on who to vote for,...


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2016 Branch Council Approved 2015 Financial Reports 27 May 2016
Each year the RTBU Queensland Branch provides the elected Branch Councillors with a copy of the audited financial reports. Delegates to Branch...


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BMA: Access to 10 days personal leave 26 May 2016
I have today written to BMA management about the fact the RTBU believes that BMA are in breach of the BMA certified agreement and the National...


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The Sad Truth about Working for BMA Rail 9 May 2016
When BMA Rail started running trains in Central Queensland they were the talk of the town, with an agreement that offered strong wages, industry...


Labour Day is Back in May

Labour Day is Back in May

21 Apr 2016
With Labour Day back in May and now fast approaching we’ve got a great opportunity to celebrate what it means to be RTBU. The march will commence...


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Your Rights At Work: seeking medical attention for an injury 10 Mar 2016
If you’ve been injured at work, it is important that you understand your rights so that you are placed in the best position possible should you wish...


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Applications for the 2016 RTBU Student Bursary are Now Open 6 Jan 2016
Children of RTBU members who are commencing or continuing tertiary studies in 2016 are eligible to apply to be considered for one of five $1,000...


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Fatigue Management: Time off at home depot 4 Jan 2016
In the lead up to Christmas I was advised by members that BMA were going to bring drivers home on Christmas Day instead of going into camp BUT...


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BMA Refuses to go to a Referees Decision 6 Oct 2015
Whilst most members were getting excited about Grand Final weekend, BMA hides from the referee. I refer members to our newsletters (see link...


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Gold Coast Light Rail Extension to go Ahead
The RTBU welcomes the announcement today from the Deputy Premier and Transport Minister, Jackie Trad that tenders would formally open for stage two...


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BMA Mutual Exchange of Shifts 29 Sep 2015
I refer members to our newsletters relating to BMA’s unilateral decision to remove access to mutual exchange of shifts from BMA employees covered by...


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BMA Mutual Exchange of Shifts 22 Sep 2015
I refer members to our newsletters dated 3rd and 11th September relating to BMA’s unilateral decision to remove the access to mutual exchange of...


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BMA Mutual Exchange of Shifts 11 Sep 2015
I refer members to our newsletter dated 3 September 2015 relating to BMA’s unilateral decision to remove the access to mutual exchange of shifts from...


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BMA Member Circular: Mutual Exchange of Shifts 3 Sep 2015
I refer members to our newsletter dated 19 August relating to BMA’s unilateral decision to remove the access to mutual exchange of shifts from BMA...


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BMA Member Circular: Mutual Exchange of Shifts 19 Aug 2015
I have received several calls from BMA members about the company’s decision to cease mutual exchanges as per the current guidelines. I have contacted...


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Email/Text Message Sackings: Hutchison Port Facility, Fisherman Island 11 Aug 2015
In one of the most disgraceful acts by an employer since the maritime dispute in 1998, the Hutchison Port operators dispatched termination notices to...


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Work Cover: your rights restored 17 Jul 2015
In 2013 the Newman Government removed some very significant rights from all workers in respect of your treatment if you were injured at work or...


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Transport NOW
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Aurizon - return to work after parental leave
Recently the RTBU was approached by a woman train driver who had just returned to work after parental leave. She had requested that she be allowed...


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Fair Work Rules on Aurizon Agreements 23 Apr 2015
Members across the RTBU have read with surprise the widely reported decision of the Fair Work Commission in relation to Aurizon’s enterprise...


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2015 Labour Day Celebrations & Marches in Rockhampton 1 Apr 2015
Rockhampton has a proud history of standing up and defending workers’ rights. This dates back to the early 1890s. The celebration of Labour Day and...


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Queensland Election - Enrolment Message 6 Jan 2015
The Queensland Election is now set and the issues for members couldn’t be clearer. We’ve seen years of an arrogant government that has broken...


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RTBU Queensland Branch Election Results 8 Dec 2014
Branch President, Bruce Mackie Branch Secretary, Owen Doogan Assistant Branch Secretary, Tom Brown Branch Senior Vice-President, Les...


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It's White Ribbon Day 25 Nov 2014
The 25 November is White Ribbon Day. It’s a day when men say that violence against women is not okay. We should be saying it every day. On...


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2014 RTBU Qld Branch Elections: Last Chance to Vote 20 Nov 2014
The postal ballot for the below elections have to be received by the Electoral Commission by next Monday, 24 November, so be certain it arrives on...


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G20 Public Holiday 12 Nov 2014
As a result of the G20 the Government has granted a Public Holiday in the Brisbane Metropolitan area for Friday, 14 November. This means the RTBU...


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Occupational Nurse, Ms Sherri Cather 11 Nov 2014
The RTBU was shocked at the media reports and action taken in relation to a previous occupational nurse for Queensland Rail, Ms Sherri Cather. The...


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2014 RTBU Qld Branch Elections: Please Vote 4 Nov 2014
I refer members to Circular #38 (see link below) on the above matter. Ballot papers for the Union elections are now in the mail and financial members...


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RTBU in partnership with Queensland Community Alliance 28 Oct 2014
Get Involved … Queensland Community Alliance, working together The RTBU is a foundation member of the Alliance, which brings together unions,...


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2014 RTBU Qld Branch Elections 20 Oct 2014
The nominations for all RTBU elected position have now been received and approved as valid by the Australian Electoral Commission. There are a number...


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2014 Elections 11 Aug 2014


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Aurizon Closure Plans Redbank & Townsville 9 May 2014
Aurizon’s decision to shut down Redbank and Townsville railway workshops has stunned many workers across its operations. They’re both angry and...


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Newman LNP Government Seeks to Strip Away More of "Your Rights @ Work" 7 Nov 2013
I refer you to the previous circular on this matter in which I advised I would provide you with more information on the proposed changes to the...


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Newman Government Removes Your Workers' Compensation Rights
Through all the commotion the recently passed “Bikie Legislation” has created, you could be forgiven for missing the changes to workers’ compensation...


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Judge says big adverse action fine a warning to others
Stressing the importance of workplace health and safety protections, the Federal Court has imposed heavy fines on cardboard giant Visy Packaging for...


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Standing up for Queensland
As workplace discussions will be carried out right across Queensland today a lot are based on Suncorp stadium tonight, at the same time many...


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Muzzling opposition is what Government does when they don't like what they hear 7 Jun 2013
There’s been a lot written recently about some proposed changes by Campbell Newman’s LNP to laws governing trade unions. The changes are pretty...


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COMBINED UNION: Aurizon Bargaining Update 3 Jun 2013
Rail unions have met with Aurizon management on a few occasions. So far the key issue of how many agreements there will be in the future has been the...


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ELECTION NOTICE 7 May 2013
Nominations are re-called for the following offices which remain vacant at the completion of the previous election: Queensland Branch: Delegate to...


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Labour Day Weekend 2 May 2013
Privatisation Campaign Commences Members will no doubt have received correspondence earlier in relation to the Labour Day celebrations to take...


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Sunday, 5th May is Labour Day 1 May 2013
Privatisation Campaign Commences Members will no doubt have received correspondence earlier in relation to the May Day celebrations to take place...


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Newman Government Move to Privatise Public Transport 30 Apr 2013
It is with enormous disappointment that I have to advise members that today the Newman Government (who cruised to power due to rail privatisation)...


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Labour Day Activities 2013 8 Apr 2013
It is with enormous disappointment that I have to advise members that today the Newman Government (who cruised to power due to rail privatisation)


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Your RTBU Health Plan, Now Even Better Value 4 Apr 2013
The RTBU has negotiated an exclusive Health Plan with the rtHealth fund to provide excellent health cover to RTBU members and their families, plus...


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Level Crossing Safety Trials 2 Apr 2013
The RTBU has been campaigning vigorously both state-wide and nationally for improved safety standards around level crossings for a number of years to...


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Costello Recommends Privatisation of QR & BCC Buses 5 Mar 2013
The privatisation battle is once again on the RTBU Queensland Branches agenda. The Costello report commissioned by the Queensland Government has...


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Medical Consent 4 Mar 2013
We often see a number of members being either required by their employer to attend a medical examination or having a request made of them by their...


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Cleveland Accident - Safety First for the RTBU 8 Feb 2013
Members will no doubt be aware of the near calamitous accident at Cleveland last week. I am naturally pleased and relieved that our member who was...


Member health plan

21 Dec 2012
The RTBU has had an arrangement with rt health fund to provide benefits to RTBU members that belong to rt health fund. Those members who have...


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Email Warning 19 Dec 2012
With all the festive Christmas emails doing the rounds at this time of year, it is timely for us to discuss the legalities of using your work email...


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RTBU Office Christmas Holidays 19 Dec 2012
As the year comes to an end I would, on behalf of all employees of the Rail Tram & Bus Union in Queensland, like to wish our members our best wishes...


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State Government reviewing Workers Comp 4 Oct 2012
As some of you may be aware, the State Government is currently reviewing the existing Workers’ Compensation legislation. Workers’ compensation in...


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LNP Attack Worker's Conditions 3 Sep 2012
Members are no doubt aware of the significant attack on public service workers’ conditions by the Newman Government over the last few weeks. Job...