Aurizon Circulars

146 - Aurizon Shift-Worker Status Matter - Federal Circuit Court Case - Aurizon Member Newsletter 22/6/2017
142 - Dispute Update - Aurizon Job Slashing - 19/6/2017 - Last week, the RTBU and AFULE notified Aurizon management that a dispute exists around breaching Consultation and Redundancy clauses in the Traincrew and Transport Operations Agreement 2015.
134 - Aurizon Consultation Response - Aurizon Traincrew Member Newsletter 8/6/17
131 - Aurizon Job Slashing Consultation Process - Aurizon Member Newsletter 6/6/2017
127 - Aurizon Attack Traincrew Jobs - Aurizon Member Circular 1/6/2017
125 - Aurizon Massacre Workshops Jobs - Aurizon Member Circular 1/6/2017


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Fair Work Commission Decision 22 Feb 2017
Some time ago Aurizon indicated they believe they had the right to train Rail Operators at Pring in competencies that traditionally belong to...


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Shift Worker Status Update 21 Feb 2017
For those of you who have been affected by the loss of your shift worker status: We attended the Federal Circuit Court today for the purposes of...


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Request for Medical Certificate When Calling in Sick 4 Jan 2017
On Monday, 26 December 2016 the Regional Operations Manager for the Stuart depot issued a briefing letter to all Aurizon Operations staff at Stuart...


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North-West Corridor Update 14 Dec 2016
The RTBU attended another conference yesterday in respect of your overtime dispute. Aurizon has put an offer to settle on the table for...


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Drug and Alcohol Testing Dispute Update 5 Dec 2016
As you will recall, we sent out a newsletter recently in which you were asked to complete an online survey regarding privacy when alcohol levels are...


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North-West Corridor Overtime Dispute Update 5 Dec 2016
This matter has been dragging on and on and we are aware of the impact it has had on members on the North-West Corridor. We are doing all that...


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Shift Worker Status Update 5 Dec 2016
Following our last update about the shift worker status case, we don’t have a lot to report. We are currently taking witness statements from some...


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Combined Unions Circular 18 Nov 2016
A directions hearing occurred yesterday in respect of your shift worker matter. A directions hearing is where the union, employer and the court work...


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Coal Traincrew Master Roster (BLANK DAYS) 17 Nov 2016
Following on from meetings with members recently it has become obvious that there is still some confusion around Blank Days in the master...


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BAC Testing Survey 14 Nov 2016
We have had a number of reports that Aurizon is requiring you to perform breath-alcohol testing in front of your fellow employees. Concerns being...


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Shift Extension Dispute 11 Nov 2016
The dispute over Shift Extensions has been underway for some time. Recently, the Unions and Aurizon sought to get some recognition of the shifts...


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RTBU Seeks One Traincrew Union for Queensland 10 Nov 2016
On several occasions over the last few years the RTBU has sought discussions with the AFULE on the possibility of an amalgamation between the two...


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Update: Shift Worker Status 7 Nov 2016
As it has been mentioned in previous newsletters your Union and our legal advisors have been working towards filing in the Federal Court testing...


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Update: Shift Worker Status 17 Oct 2016
It has been some time now since some of you have had your shift worker status removed by Aurizon. The RTBU industrial team, in conjunction with...


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“Agreed”, Morale is at an all-time low in Aurizon 1 Oct 2016
Over the festive break I have had some time to look back over 2016 and the myriad of disputes we have had with Aurizon and the ongoing disputation. I...


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Route Tuition/Traction Competence Disputes 27 Sep 2016
The Route tuition and traction qualification disputes have been ongoing for over a year. The dispute arose when Aurizon said that anyone who was...


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Dispute: Shift-Extension 26 Sep 2016
The trial related to the Aurizon Shift extension dispute wound up recently and returned some interesting results. In the main it showed that in...


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Abuse of Drugs & Alcohol Testing 7 Sep 2016
Members will be aware that drug and alcohol testing has become the norm in industrial workplaces throughout Australia. While this was seen to be...


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Mandatory BAC Testing in All Operations Depots 29 Aug 2016
Since the Introduction of Mandatory BAC Testing in All Operations Depots your union has been inundated by complaints about the privacy of the testing...


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Drug and Alcohol Testing 4 Aug 2016
Recently and with barely three days’ notice, Aurizon forwarded a new enterprise wide drug and alcohol policy. One element of the policy change...


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Shift Extension Dispute 2 Aug 2016
Following the Conference in the Fair Work Commission a recommendation was provided which saw the company agree to no longer roster ‘protective’ 12...


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Aurizon's Proposed Redudancies/Restructure 28 Jul 2016
I refer members to the RTBU circular dated 22 July re the above and the infrastructure workers specific feedback circular. As I indicated in our...


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Aurizon Infrastructure Restructure 27 Jul 2016
The RTBU met with Managers from the three disciplines, Rail Systems Delivery (RSD), Mechanised Production (MP) and Infrastructure Maintenance (IM),...


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Aurizon's Proposed Redundancies/Restructure 22 Jul 2016
I am sure all members will be aware of the proposed restructure of the Aurizon business which will result in both redundancies and restructuring of...


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Aurizon Traincrew Shift Extension Dispute 8 Jul 2016
Members have been raising concerns about Aurizon’s rostering practices for some time.

In particular members are angry that their shifts are...


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Aurizon’s Removal of Shift-Worker Status 27 Apr 2016
The case to challenge Aurizon’s outrageous and deceptive removal of shift-worker status from people is one of the most important issues we are facing...


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Is It Really ZERO Harm or Is It ZERO Cost? 27 Apr 2016
Your Union was made aware, on the Anzac day long weekend, that the yard lights at Yukan yard are faulty and have not been working for some weeks and...


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"Agreed" the most complicated word in Aurizon 23 Mar 2016
I know the word agreed seems a very simple word, unless you work under an Aurizon agreement. Every day your union is being inundated with calls...


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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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Aurizon Dispute: Change in Shift Worker Status 2 Mar 2016
The RTBU, in conjunction with the AMWU and ETU, have been in conciliation with Aurizon over the definition of a shift worker under the Traincrew and...


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Long Service Leave Dispute 15 Jan 2016
Members at various Aurizon depots have recently been directed to take of long service leave (LSL) over the next 12 months without...


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Aurizon Thumb their Nose at Calls for Yard Safety 11 Nov 2015
There are troubling developments in Pring with Aurizon trying to ignore a dispute over untrained personnel performing shunting operations in a...


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Yes Vote for All Aurizon Agreements 28 Jul 2015
Yesterday the Traincrew and Operations Aurizon agreement was approved with a margin of over 75% of those voting. This...


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Pay Dispute Update 26 Jun 2015
Subsequent to yesterday’s circular advising of the resolution of the late-pay-day dispute, please be advised that the latest day for requests for...


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Late Pay Day Dispute 25 Jun 2015
As you will be aware, Aurizon decided that members would be paid late for the pay period ending 28 June 2015. The RTBU did not consider this to be...


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Joint Union Bargaining Update 12 Jun 2015
Today Unions undertook further negotiations with Aurizon over the Construction and Maintenance Agreement. Following some discussion there were a few...


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In Principle Agreement 5 Jun 2015
Yesterday Traincrew, AER and Operations negotiations team reached an in principle agreement with Aurizon. The terms of which will include a 4% pay...


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Aurizon attack on work conditions following appeal hearing 22 May 2015
Yesterday a joint RTBU and other Rail Unions appeal to a full bench of the Federal Court occurred in Melbourne against the appalling decision by the...


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Aurizon Update: recent developments 8 May 2015
Members are understandably concerned about recent developments in Aurizon. This circular aims to put you in the picture of why Aurizon is operating...


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Aurizon Vote on Hours: do not vote yes, wait for Union advice
Today Aurizon sent out a document seeking your endorsement to work hours beyond that permitted under the decision of the Fair Work Full Bench in...


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Update: 1 May 2015
The Appeal against the decision to cancel Aurizon Agreements commenced today. The hearing that was convened today was largely administrative but one...


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Aurizon Termination of Agreements: Unions' Appeal to Federal Court
Today solicitors acting on behalf of the RTBU and the other rail Unions have submitted an appeal to the Federal Court in respect of a judicial review...


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Contact Update for Potential Ballot 24 Apr 2015
Bargaining in Aurizon is heating up like never before. It is likely that we will need to fight even harder to protect conditions in the face of the...


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RTBU Industrial Action Wednesday 29/04/2015 23 Apr 2015


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Fair Work Ruling on Aurizon Agreements 22 Apr 2015
Fair Work Australia has today ruled on Aurizon’s Application to have the workplace agreements cancelled. They have determined that all Agreements...


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AFULE & RTBU to Canvass Aurizon Members on Key Issues 10 Apr 2015
Negotiations for Aurizon Agreements have started to gain pace in recent months. Union negotiators and management representatives alike are pleased...


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Higher Level Approach in Construction & Maintenance: Industrial Action Approved in Traincrew/AER 6 Mar 2015
A short time ago, following the commencement of our industrial campaign in Aurizon Traincrew and the AER section of the business we were approached...


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Protected Action Ballot Results 3 Mar 2015
Despite Tropical Cyclone Marcia holding up the mail in some Qld centres during voting, the majority of members voted and they voted strongly in...


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Withdrawal Notice of Industrial Action: Bluff, Callemondah & Stanwell 19 Feb 2015
Due to the serious weather system about to hit Central QLD, the RTBU has withdrawn its notice of industrial action in the Blackwater System for...


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Aurizon Industrial Action: Latest Developments 17 Feb 2015
I refer members to the newsletter forwarded on Friday advising of the plan of Industrial Action at all Aurizon Traincrew depots and by ARG employees...


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Train Crew/ Operations Negotiations 13 Feb 2015
As members are aware the RTBU has been attempting to achieve an agreement through negations for a very long time. The RTBU took industrial action...


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Aurizon Staff Agreement 22 Jan 2015
At 4pm this afternoon (21 January, 2015) the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision in respect of the above stated Agreement. Regardless of...


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Aurizon Staff Agreement: Company Shows its true colours 22 Jan 2015
The RTBU was contacted by an employee with 27 years’ service with the organisation (practically all his working life) who is an employee in...


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RTBU Applies for an Extension of Protected Action Period 8 Jan 2015
I refer members to our recent circulars (link below) in respect of the Aurizon negotiations and industrial campaign. The RTBU 30 day period for...


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Industrial Action: Withdrawal of Notice for Rockhampton 5 Jan 2015
Today, the RTBU notified Aurizon that we have determined to withdraw the Industrial Action scheduled for tomorrow at Rockhampton and will not seek to...


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Aurizon Unsuccessful with Legal Challenge 2 Jan 2015
As reported yesterday, Aurizon has commenced its first legal challenge against the upcoming industrial action. The matter was heard this morning and...


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Aurizon Commence Legal Action to Stop Industrial Action 1 Jan 2015
As expected, Aurizon has commenced its first legal challenge against the upcoming industrial action. The RTBU National legal team expected nothing...


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Further Industrial Action 30 Dec 2014
The next Aurizon industrial action will occur in Rockhampton, Bluff and Stanwell between 4 January & 7 January 2015. This follows the notice of...


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Union Advice on Response 30 Dec 2014
Members may have viewed the latest Employee Update from Aurizon advising what they assert are requirements of members and other employees in...


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Aurizon again attempts to prevent industrial action 28 Dec 2014
Aurizon yet again has taken action to try and prevent the RTBU from pursuing the legitimate industrial campaign and has forwarded a “Update with what...


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Aurizon Train Crew Industrial Action / Negotiations (64/2014) 16 Dec 2014
The AFULE distributed a negotiations update over the weekend which included a statement suggesting that the RTBU had taken a step without...


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Aurizon's Sense of Humour (63/2014) 11 Dec 2014
Members are no doubt aware by now that the five proposed forms of industrial action for Train Crew, etc. received between 85% & 90% support in the...


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Aurizon Bargaining 10 Dec 2014
Members in Traincrew state-wide as well as Operations members in the North-West corridor (ARG) areas voted overwhelmingly in favour of commencing a...


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Aurizon Industrial Relations Ballot 9 Dec 2014
The RTBU has received complaints from members, particularly in Western Queensland, who have indicated that they have not received ballot papers in...


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Dispute: Vote Yes Campaign 28 Nov 2014
As you know the RTBU has organised for Aurizon members covered by two current Agreements to participate in a ballot to authorise protected industrial...


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Protection Action Ballot - RTBU Commends AFULE's Decision to Ballot their Members 28 Nov 2014
The RTBU understands that the AFULE has now submitted an application for the right to ballot their members in respect of potential protected...


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Termination of Agreements Case - Day 4 11 Nov 2014
Yesterday we saw evidence from economic experts including the RTBU witness from BIS Shrapnel one of Australia's leading business advisory firms...


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Termination of Agreements Case - Day 2 & 3 10 Nov 2014
Below is a report from the RTBU Industrial Team which is providing support to our legal team during the hearing of Aurizon’s application to...


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Response to ETU/ AMWU/ AFULE Circular 7 Nov 2014
The RTBU understand that the three Unions referred to above have issued a circular providing some criticism of the RTBU for following the legal...


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Termination of Agreements Case - Day One 6 Nov 2014
Aurizon’s case, seeking to cancel your agreements commenced yesterday, with some interesting statements made. Despite the battalions of lawyers...


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Protected Action Ballot for Aurizon 5 Nov 2014
The RTBU and other Unions have been in negotiation with Aurizon for well over a year trying to secure appropriate Agreements for members to consider.


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Staff Agreement 3 Nov 2014
It’s quite surprising and a bit rich when Aurizon tries to blame its sloppy handling of the ballot on Unions. Reading the updates from Aurizon...


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Aurizon Staff Agreement Vote in Question 24 Oct 2014
When the results of the Staff Agreement Ballot were released last week the RTBU was surprised at the thin margin in favour but was concerned that...


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Update: Aurizon Enterprise Bargaining 15 Oct 2014
The results from the recent ballot for three Aurizon Agreements (see below) should come as a huge concern for Aurizon management. On the one hand...


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What's at Stake? Your Future 3 Oct 2014
Members have been telling us how they are concerned about the proposed agreements. Right across Qld we are hearing stories from members who have...


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Aurizon Briefings on Their Draft Agreements 23 Sep 2014
Members will no doubt be aware of the proposal for Aurizon to brief most of you on the draft agreements they wish you to vote on next month. As...


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Medical Release Forms 23 Sep 2014
Some of you may recall that the RTBU provided a medical release form for your use should your employer ever want to access your medical records for...


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Progress in Negotiations: Bombshell from Aurizon!
Delegates and officials from Rail Unions have been bargaining in earnest for the last few weeks in the latest round for talks with Aurizon, but...


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Update: Aurizon Bargaining 17 Sep 2014
Some progress Negotiations proceeded last week with delegates at the table in the agreed groups. Delegates reported that they were...


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Aurizon Negotations: the Delegate's view 1 Sep 2014


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The "Get Real" Campaign: Aurizon it's time to get real 8 Aug 2014
I refer members to recent newsletters where Your Union started putting together the basis for a campaign calling on Aurizon to “Get Real”. For too...


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Aurizon Safety Incident Update 4 Jul 2014
Today the RTBU meet with Aurizon safety management over the above matter reported to members in Circular #21. It would not surprise members to...


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Aurizon Safety Incident 1 Jul 2014
Last week the RTBU was notified of a second incident of non-qualified or non-competent personnel on Locomotives in the Brisbane network. The second...


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Update: Aurizon's attempt to terminate enterprise agreements 24 Jun 2014
I refer members to the RTBU circulars dated, 12/5, 23/5, 5/6 and 13/6 on the above matter. Aurizon’s determination to strip conditions from...


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Aurizon's Application to Terminate Enterprise Agreements 13 Jun 2014
I refer members to RTBU circulars dated 12 May, 23 May and 5 June in respect of the above matter. I am sure members are fully aware from the...


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Aurizon: the Truth of the Matter 5 Jun 2014
Some records are just there to be broken and Aurizon has been doing spectacularly well in moving more coal and accumulating unprecedented...


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Proposed Termination of Aurizon Agreements 26 May 2014
I refer members to the RTBU Circular dated 12/5/2014 in which I advised of the application submitted by Aurizon to the Fair Work Commission to...


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Aurizon Seeks Termination of All Current Agreements 12 May 2014
This morning (Monday, 12 May 2014), the RTBU received a phone call from a Manager within Aurizon who advised that an application was being submitted...


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Aurizon Looking for Easy Way Out 7 Apr 2014
Members are well aware that as a result of Aurizon wanting to put a razor to current agreements negotiations have been progressing slowly. Unions...


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Enterprise Real Estate Dispute 21 Mar 2014
As you will be aware, there has been a relatively protracted process with the Enterprise Real Estate Dispute- which if we lose, will see a number of...


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Negotiations: 2014 Enterprise Agreements 15 Jan 2014
Negotiations on the 2014 Aurizon Enterprise Agreements recommenced today after the Christmas break. Unions were far from happy with the progress...


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Combined Unions Circular: Aurizon Bargaining
Rail Unions have continued to meet with Aurizon representatives over replacement Agreements for the soon to expire Enterprise Agreements. ...


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Rail Passes: Interim protection as the campaign continues
Some weeks ago I advised Aurizon HR Management that regardless of the position of Queensland Rail and the State Government about the continuation of...


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Combined Unions Circular
Some members might have noticed a bit of activity in the workplace and through company information channels dealing with the Agreement. Rail...


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Rail Passes 9 Oct 2013
I refer members to my previous circular dated 16/9/13 in which I advised that the QR decision on this matter was that they did not believe they were...


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Aurizon Employee's Rail Passes 16 Sep 2013
Those who have been provided with 25 years’ service passes over the last couple of years will note that the expiry date has always lined up with the...


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Aurizon Enterprise Bargaining Survey 4 Sep 2013
RTBU members employed at Aurizon are urged to complete the survey below to assist in the enterprise bargaining process.


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Bargaining Update 29 Jul 2013
Bargaining with Aurizon is progressing but the volume of changes Aurizon is seeking makes it a difficult process. Following our appearance in the...


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Future Provision of Rail Passes 18 Jul 2013
Your Union has recently approached Queensland Rail to discuss the future provision of Rail Passes to employees of Aurizon Holdings Limited...


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Payroll Issues at Aurizon 9 Jul 2013
Over a considerable period of time I have had calls from members about payroll issues, in particular non-payment of overtime worked and allowances...


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Potential Closure of Moranbah Traincrew Depot
Your union has today received notification that Aurizon have commenced consultation of potential closure of the Moranbah Traincrew depot. Whilst...


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Aurizon Bargaining Update 17 Jun 2013
The RTBU has reported on a few occasions that we have been in discussions around the new Agreements for a couple of sessions now. In line with these...


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Bargaining in Aurizon: Members Update 17 May 2013
Members would be aware that the RTBU and other rail Unions met with Aurizon yesterday as part of the ongoing process making arrangement for...


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AER Enterprise Bargaining 3 May 2013
The current Enterprise Agreements expire at the end of the year for members in Aurizon and ARG. For this reason, we need to start the process of...


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Update: Bargaining in Aurizon 3 May 2013
The RTBU and other Rail Unions commenced initial discussions with Aurizon regarding replacement Enterprise Agreements due to expire at the end of the...


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Multi sign-on Dispute: Moranbah 29 Apr 2013
I refer you to newsletters regarding the Multi sign-on dispute at Moranbah. Following a Fair Work conciliation held in Moranbah on 15 April 2013,...


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Update: Bargaining in Aurizon 15 Apr 2013
The response the RTBU has received both online and in hard copy for the Aurizon bargaining survey has been considerable. Responses have been well...


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Aurizon Announces Corporate Health Deal with BUPA
Your Union has had calls today from members advising that Aurizon has signed a corporate health plan with BUPA. This is of some surprise, given the...


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Managing Surplus Positions Policy: Another reason it pays to belong to the RTBU
Members may recall a series of recent circulars in respect of employees who volunteered to relocate as a result of the recent restructure in...


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Update: Multi-SignOn Dispute Moranbah-Coppabella
Following on from the correspondence received from Aurizon and previous newsletters outlining Aurizon’s intention to introduce multi sign on points...


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Update: Multi-SignOn Dispute - Moranbah/Coppabella
Following on from the correspondence received from Aurizon yesterday outlining their intention to introduce multi sign on points between Moranbah and...


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Circular 01: Issues - Entitlements for Employees 24 Jan 2013
In circulars 31 and 32 last year, we raised the issue of entitlements for employees whose positions have been declared surplus in QRN’s restructure...


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Circular 32: Managing Surplus Positions Policy - struggle continues 15 Nov 2012
I refer members to the previous circular regarding the Managing Surplus Positions Policy, where we reported that QRN were trying to avoid some...


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Circular 31: Managing Surplus Positions Policy 9 Nov 2012
It has recently come to our attention that QR National has been avoiding some obligations under their "managing surplus employees" standard. What...


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$50 Special - Update 30 Aug 2012
You will recall on the 13th August we advised you we had an issue brought to our attention through the release of a memo to staff at Jilalan, that it...


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QRN Restructure Dispute 22 Aug 2012
I refer members to the RTBU and Joint Union Circulars dated 17th, 18th & 27th July and 3rd August 2012 all relating to events following the RTBU, ETU...


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QRN Charge $50 fee to run special pay 13 Aug 2012
We have recently had an issue brought to our attention through the release of a memo to staff at Jilalan. It seems that staff members who fail to...


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QRN Restructure on Hold - Union disputes secure status quo 26 Jul 2012
Last week QRN released their “final decisions” in respect of their restructure of their business. Whilst significant alterations to their original...


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QRN Proposed Restructure - Dispute 18 Jul 2012
Yesterday afternoon the RTBU and other rail unions notified QRN we are in dispute over a number of elements of the proposed restructure. The...


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QRN Members on Medical Restrictions 17 Jul 2012
The RTBU was concerned that members who have common law or workcover claims could be disadvantaged if they applied for voluntary redundancy. This is...


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QRN's Restructure 16 Jul 2012
Following a request from the RTBU, senior officials from rail unions and QRN met to further discuss the proposal to restructure the business. It...