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Train drivers billed for unnecessary drug screenings

Jan 16, 2014News

The RTBU has demanded answers after train drivers were billed for unnecessary and invasive drug screenings at Western Plains Medical Centre. Two NSW Trains members based in Dubbo have told their local Locomotive Division Delegate […] Read More »

Union wins an independent review of AQF accreditation

Aug 2, 2012Update

As part of the new national rail safety legislation the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) is working towards standardising competency accreditation for rail drivers across all states. Initial drafts from TLISC looking at […] Read More »

New health and safety laws give HSRs stronger powers

Jul 18, 2012Update

The new Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations that came into force at the beginning of this year will provide new powers to WH&S reps but also some serious challenges to workers as employers […] Read More »

Will workers’ compensation be slashed to save employer costs?

May 1, 2012Update

The details are being closely guarded, but the O’Farrell Government has signalled a drastic “reform” of the Workers Compensation system. Despite the fact that entitlements for injured NSW workers are already lower than in other […] Read More »

Crossing collisions decline but better education is crucial

Apr 20, 2012Update

The recent launch of the rail industry initiative TrackSAFE which aims to reduce level crossing, trespass and suicide incidents on the rail network is a timely reminder that more needs to be done at a […] Read More »

Proposed fatigue laws won’t maintain safety standards

Apr 18, 2012Update

The RTBU has welcomed the response by Transport for NSW to the draft National Laws regulating fatigue management in the rail industry. “Transport for NSW has picked up the deficiencies in the draft that the […] Read More »

Cost cutting O’Farrell sets his sights on WorkCover

Mar 28, 2012Update

An audit of the NSW WorkCover scheme has just been completed, and with a $4 billion deficit predicted by the end of the year, Barry O’Farrell says the system is in dire need of reform. […] Read More »

Drivers asked for feedback on Oscar glare trial

Mar 23, 2012Update

The RTBU been also been pursuing RailCorp over the unacceptable levels of glare from the dash of the Oscar for more than 12 months. As an interim solution ‘dash mats’ were trialled, then several non-reflective/anti-glare […] Read More »

Waratah detrainment ramp finally fixed

Mar 23, 2012Update

The long-running struggle with RailCorp over the cab detrainment ramp has now been resolved. The two roof-mounted pulleys for the detrainment ramp guide ropes had originally been placed at just the right height for the […] Read More »

CF 44 locomotives a pain in the neck for PN Coal drivers

Mar 6, 2012Update

The CF 44 Class locomotives continue to create issues for our members within Pacific National. These locomotives have been built to CFCLA’s specifications by United Goninan to the same template as the Xstrata XRN locomotives […] Read More »

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