PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

 

News article: PN industrial action costing Vic grains sector millions

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.

  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
http://www.northqueenslandregister.com.au/story/4620728/pn-industrial-action-costing-vic-grains-sector-millions/?cs=4736

This is an interesting piece that might also help explain some of the goings on in Victoria in this grain season.

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  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I hope all parties sort out this dispute as soon as possible.  Rail freight's reputation is so shot-to-pieces in this State I'm not sure if it can be sustained or recover.

I was reading the Bracks Government's 2002 transport plan where they were hoping that by 2010 over 30% of all freight to Vic ports would be via rail.  That didn't happen (by a long shot) and I'm not sure it ever will.  Sad.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

It never ends for Victoria primary producers and their need to get high quality produce to buyers.

We should all be ashamed.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
It never ends for Victoria primary producers and their need to get high quality produce to buyers.

We should all be ashamed.
MetroFemme

I feel the sky falling in.
  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner

PN Rural & Bulk in Victoria have declared a lock out for next week.  They don't want trains to run.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
PN Rural & Bulk in Victoria have declared a lock out for next week.  They don't want trains to run.
DalyWaters

Would that be across all depots?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-02/pacific-national-rail-freight-strike-hurting-transport/8489446

More information.

Bring on standardisation, let other carriers take the work (and introduce competition that might bring them both to a productive negotiating table).
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Rail in Victoria seems to lurch from one crisis to the next?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
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?

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?
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

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?

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?
james.au
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.

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