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News & Views from the RTBU NSW Locomotive Division

PN Bulk offers to pay fuel incentive money

Aug 2, 2011Uncategorized

After initial advice from PN Bulk that it was not able to calculate the information to identify if fuel savings had been achieved and therefore could not pay the 1% base rate increase to employees for the last 12 months of the EA Performance Incentive Program (PIP), the company has now offered a part payment as follows:

Under the original offer employees were to receive a 1% bonus from July 1, 2011 for the year 2010-11 if they reached their targets, and a further 1% the following year if the 2011-2012 year targets were met. The agreement does not provide for part payment if less than the required 1% is met.

At a second meeting to discuss the issue on Friday July 29, PN Bulk abandoned its initial position and advised that it has been able to identify fuel savings for the 2010-2011 year of 0.75% of the total identified in the EA that was required to achieve the 1% increase.

PN Bulk has now offered to pay an initial 0.5% upfront to be backdated to July 1.

They have also agreed to pay a further 0.25% from October 2011 (backdated to July 2011) based on PN Bulk beginning to implement the correct P.I.P. processes including the formation of fuel-saving committees at each major depot, and the generation and recording of at least one fuel-saving initiative per major depot.

The total base rate increase being offered is 0.75%; this is based on fuel savings of 0.75% being achieved for the 2010-2011 year.

PN Bulk also advised that they had started calling for interested employees at the major depots to join their depot committees. The division encourages RTBU delegates to either nominate themself or another member to be on their depot committee.

The union also argued that should the offer be accepted by delegates, the remaining 0.25% for the 2010-2011 year should be rolled across and added to the 1% available for the 2011-2012 year to provide a base rate increase of 1.25% for the 2011-2012 year if the 2011-2012 targets are met.

A delegate’s hook up is being held on Tuesday August 2 to brief delegates on the proposal and get feedback before a response is provided to the company.

For more information, watch out for updates on the LocoExpress website and or at your work location.

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