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Bathurst back on track

Jul 5, 2012Uncategorized

Last month Premier O’Farrell made a surprise announcement that a daily return commuter rail service to Bathurst will start on October 21 this year. Running seven days a week, stops are planned at Lithgow, Mt Victoria and Katoomba.
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Hot off the press – new CountryLink Express

Jun 29, 2012News

The very first edition of the new CountryLink Express – the newsletter for all CountryLink members – has been distributed today. The first edition features articles on the training and skills development dispute, the new CountryLink management team and the Driver Training Steering Committee.
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After 60 years, Jim hits the tracks for one last hoorah

Jun 25, 2012News

Taree CountryLink driver Jim Sinclair was sent off on one last trip last Saturday before heading off on a well-earned retirement after 60 years on the job. Jim’s farewell ride coincided with the Lachlan Valley Railway’s […] Read More »

Continuing concerns about CountryLink training

Feb 24, 2012Uncategorized

The RTBU Loco Division is continuing to try and resolve a dispute with RailCorp about training for CountryLink drivers. On February 20, the Locomotive Division attended a conciliation session at Fair Work Australia regarding the […] Read More »

Farewell Ed Sullivan

Nov 29, 2011Uncategorized

Retired official and delegate Ed Sullivan passed away on November 25. Ed was very active in his trade union – the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen (AFULE). He served as Branch Secretary of the […] Read More »

CountryLink enforces new Flexible Work Practice policy

Oct 24, 2011Uncategorized

RailCorp have introduced a new policy which now requires drivers to compile a “shift swap” form prior to any shifts being exchanged. Countrylink have enforced this policy on its drivers with no local-level consultation or […] Read More »

Goulburn MOU remains unsigned

Oct 24, 2011Uncategorized

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the two-man working of the GB6 diagram has been altered at draft stage to allow for one-man operations in certain circumstances. CountryLink were sent the amended version four months […] Read More »

Stable Rostering Code upheld

Apr 19, 2011News

A Dubbo organiser has moved quickly to ensure that CountryLink follows the Stable Rostering Code as track work starts affecting train arrival times on the Western Line. Due to the track work, Dubbo XPT trains […] Read More »

RailCorp told no extra preparation without extra time

Apr 12, 2011News

RailCorp and CountryLink have been trying unsuccessfully for some time now to convince drivers to carry out tasks that are not part of agreed preparation duties. The latest effort appears to be an attempt to […] Read More »

Disgraceful state of southern track exposed

Apr 8, 2011News

As any loco driver using the Sydney to Melbourne track will know, extensive parts of it are in a disgraceful condition with extensive parts of the line affected by mudholes and buckled tracks. Train drivers […] Read More »

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