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NSW Trains requests drivers pay for their own training

Aug 9, 2013News

It would appear that NSW TrainLink is considering having drivers pay for their own training courses, if recent events are any indication.

The RTBU has received information that a junior NSW TrainLink (CountryLink) driver recently requested to learn routes and working performed by a foreign depot.

Information to hand is that a NSW TrainLink Rostering Manager suggested that if the driver was prepared to pay for his own safeworking course through a private training provider (at not insignificant personal cost) that it would be OK, and that the driver should be able to recoup his costs as a result of overtime he would pick up doing the foreign depot’s working.

The junior driver accepted this proposal. The RTBU is currently investigating these allegations, and views with great concern the potential impact this may have if proven, particularly given that we will soon be commencing EA negotiations with NSW TrainLink.

Further, there are a number of Code of Conduct implications for the individuals involved.