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News & Views from the RTBU NSW Locomotive Division

Secretary’s wrap

Feb 19, 2016Secretary's run-down

There’s never a dull moment in the Loco Division. The Sydney Trains reform process is still a major process, with delegates meeting regularly to discuss the process and the best ways forward.

A tour to give members another update on the reform process is about to kick off, so make sure you try to get along to those meetings. The reform process is all about your conditions, so it’s critical you have your say.

Pacific National is also causing some serious headaches at the moment, following the company’s decision to make a number of its workers from the Hunter redundant. All of this is happening on the background of PN’s parent company, Asciano, recently deciding to throw millions of dollars ($88 million to be precise) at Canadian company Brookfield because Asciano decided to break its agreement with Brookfield in order to recommend a takeover deal from QUBE….

And in news that has shocked and angered the division this week, it’s just been revealed that Aurizon has breached employee privacy by allowing workers’ personal documents to sit in an unlocked shed in Mayfield. Workers alerted the company to the issue in January, after which the company claimed the problem had been fixed. In the past days it has been discovered that that’s not the case at all, and that workers’ documents have still be allowed to sit in an insecure area often used by third party contractors.

Stay tuned for more on all of these issues. In the meantime, I trust you’ll enjoy this edition of Loco Express.

Stay safe on the tracks.

Bob Hayden
Secretary, Loco Division

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