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Sydney Trains & NSW Trains: Protected Industrial Action

As members would be aware, orders were granted by Fair Work Australia for members  of the Rail, Tram, and Bus Union to undertake Protected Industrial Action.  

Currently, there is a 14-day ban on working overtime and “foreign depot jobs” by  members of the RTBU. The ban extends from 0001 Sunday the 6th of February 2022  until 2359 Saturday the 19th of February 2022. This means all overtime, whether  posted or not, is NOT to be worked.  

Sydney Trains and NSW Trains were notified that RTBU members will be participating  in this action. If overtime has been posted on your roster there is NO requirement for  you to notify your roster clerk that you will not be working your shift, simply do not  turn up for work. Also, there is no requirement for you to “NTA” your days.  

Members are protected under the Fair Work Order. Roster clerks are permitted to try  and call you to ask if you wish to do overtime. Simply respond with “No thank you, I  am taking part in protected industrial action” or simply do not answer the phone. 

The same applies to Driver Trainers and Principal Drivers who are rostered with trainees. Overtime during the action period is not to be worked. Any missed training  days will be caught up after the action period. 

Remember this action is being taken to support our EA claims because Sydney Trains  and NSW Trains are refusing to give YOU, their employees, Respect. 

Members have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, risking their own health  and safety as well as the health and safety of their families.  

Management, and the NSW Government, want you to give up hard fought conditions  to pay for basic safety claims. Health and safety is a basic right of any workplace. We  will not be doing their job for them. 

By you taking this action you are telling Sydney Trains and NSW Trains that their  behaviour is unacceptable, and you will not be disrespected. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local delegate.

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