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Covid-19 Updates

GOVERNMENT BACKFLIPS COVID-19 Authorised Worker Requirements

Aug 31, 2021

On Friday 27 August 2021, the Locomotive Division issued Footplate 28.21 COVID-19 Authorised Worker Requirements. This Footplate detailed temporary arrangements which gave Authorised Workers from the 12 LGA’s of concern three ways to meet the […] Read More »

COVID-19 Authorised Worker Requirements

Aug 27, 2021

The NSW Government recently announced that new COVID-19 requirements will be in place for Authorised Workers  from Local Government Areas of Concern from Monday, 30 August.  Under the new Public Health Order (PHO), Authorised Workers […] Read More »

Exemption for rail operators for periodical medicals

Aug 6, 2021

Dear members, The Government has reissued the exemption for rail operators for periodical medicals when access to providers is affected by COVID-19. You can read the Government Gazette here. Read More »

PN Update – COVID

Once again RTBU Members continue to keep the country running delivering essential goods and services across the Nation. The Delta strain of the virus has caused mass chaos across all the States and Territories, and […] Read More »

Standby at Home – Working Arrangements

Jul 23, 2021

Attention Sydney Trains Members: Sydney Trains has recently moved to an augmented weekend timetable in response to  the more restrictive Covid-19 Public Health Orders (PHO) issued 17 July 2021. The  reduction in services has generated […] Read More »

Freight Worker COVID-19 Requirements

Jul 18, 2021

Dear Freight Industry, The NSW Government has approved the following workers being allowed to leave the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGA’s for critical work: Any person, including a freight worker, who performs work that is […] Read More »


Jun 30, 2021

Members are advised, at the most recent Sydney Trains Train Crew COVID-19 Taskforce meeting of 28 June 2021, Locomotive Division Representatives and HSRs discussed recent instances of confirmed COVID-19 cases travelling on Sydney Trains services […] Read More »

Footplate – Public Health Order Exemption: Mandatory Face Coverings

Jan 28, 2021

Members are advised of a recent exemption to the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport issued by NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard MP.  The order states a person is exempt from wearing […] Read More »

Footplate – COVID-19 Public Health Order Mandatory Face Coverings – Update 2

To Sydney/NSW Trains Members, Further to Footplate No 1.21 issued last week regarding Public Health Order Mandatory Face Coverings and following a report back meeting this afternoon between the RTBU and Sydney Trains/NSW Train Link […] Read More »

Treasurer says NSW public sector wage cuts “generous”

Treasurer says NSW public sector wage cuts “generous”

Nov 3, 2020

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet defended the government’s decision to cap wage increases for the public sector at 1.5% over the coming years, calling it a “generous policy”. This comes after a damaging temporary wage cut […] Read More »