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Sydney Trains: Driver Trainer Temporary Positions EOI Talent Pool – Notice of Dispute Resolution

Members may have seen these positions advertised in February 2021. Sydney Trains put these positions out to employees without consultation with the RTBU Locomotive Division or consideration of possible impacts to working arrangements or conditions of employment. Most concerning was Sydney Trains’ initial view that successful applicants would be temporarily “act in a higher grade” and would receive the Driver Trainer rate of pay as an allowance only.

Whilst the Loco Division supported the intent of the EOI, the matter was placed into dispute until consultation occurred and a fair and reasonable process was established that was consistent with previous Recruitment/Expressions of Interests and met driver’s conditions of employment.

Several consultative meetings occurred, and a suitable outcome was achieved to protect the interests of members. A changed process will now take place to fill the positions. The major achievements for the members are as follows.

  1. Payment for the role in all circumstances
  2. Positions will fill current shortfalls in current depots only (no transferring depots under this EOI)
  3. Stopping the “Higher Duties” concept and adhering to the normal EOI process

Sydney Trains have communicated details of the changes and outlined how the process will be worked through. If members need further information, please contact Head Office or Delegates.

The Loco Division wishes the applicants good luck and appreciates the efforts of the delegates involved in this issue.