This is an interesting piece that might also help explain some of the goings on in Victoria in this grain season.
DRAWN out negotiations between Victorian grain train drivers and freight business Pacific National (PN) is costing the grains industry millions of dollars due to train delays and cancellations.
Question, does the RBTU action here cover just the Victorian BG operations (I guess it is a question of how the RBTU is organised) or were SG operations also impacted?The industrial action is by RTBU members employed under the PN Victorian Rural and Bulk EA. It is likely that those members would not have worked trains regardless of whether that train was BG or SG. Historically, most employees covered by the PN Vic R&B EA would have been Freight Australia employees.
How rigid is the RBTU membership and its impact on rail operations - are the state borders strong dividing lines in the RBTU and how it impacts on the ability of drivers to work across border?