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CountryLink enforces new Flexible Work Practice policy

Oct 24, 2011Update

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 regard for previous long-standing arrangements.

Under this system, drivers now have to attain the signature of the person they wish to exchange shifts with and submit this form three days prior to any swap. This is particularly difficult for drivers in country areas as many live great distances apart and may not actually see each other for extended periods owing to different shifts and book off days.

A dispute has been lodged over this policy and the RTBU has requested to meet with CountryLink to re-instate the previously agreed swapping arrangements.