Loco Drivers locked out

 

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  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
WTF is Pacific National thinking?!?

One of their proposals: The companies Home Regions concept where in one Home Region it is proposed multiple locations to sign on for duty, varying as much as 120km in distance. PN R&B position is that employees travel in their own time (not paid) and in their private vehicles at their own expense.

Another one: A proposed cut in the fortnightly guarantee hours from 80 to 76, which equates to a $7.40 per hour pay cut and a loss of $210.84 per fortnight for the four guarantee hours removal. When the industry is not busy and normal hours are worked over a 12 month period, these cuts equate to a loss of income of $20104.00 to a Locomotive Driver

Now, the Home Region thing is a crock of shyte. Drive in your own time, over 100km from your home town/depot to work a train. Wonder how that got passed by the FAID software....Probably didn't even factor into it, TBH. We had introduced multiple depots within Coal, being Port Waratah and Kooragang, but the difference between the two was a matter of 5km or so.

As for the guaranteed hours reduction, this is a double-edged sword. In busy times, you hit your guarantee earlier in the month, so can either A-claim the overtime at 1.7 for the first 17 or so hours then double-time from then on, or B- tell Rosters to stick their shift and go relax on the beach until the next roster cycle begins.

I can't blame the Driver's for knocking it back, the Home Regions clause would be enough, even if they dangled a $10,000 pay increase in front of me. Working 11 hours then coming back on availability with a 100km drive either side of your shift? F**k  that...
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

WTF is Pacific National thinking?!?

One of their proposals: The companies Home Regions concept where in one Home Region it is proposed multiple locations to sign on for duty, varying as much as 120km in distance. PN R&B position is that employees travel in their own time (not paid) and in their private vehicles at their own expense.

Another one: A proposed cut in the fortnightly guarantee hours from 80 to 76, which equates to a $7.40 per hour pay cut and a loss of $210.84 per fortnight for the four guarantee hours removal. When the industry is not busy and normal hours are worked over a 12 month period, these cuts equate to a loss of income of $20104.00 to a Locomotive Driver

Now, the Home Region thing is a crock of shyte. Drive in your own time, over 100km from your home town/depot to work a train. Wonder how that got passed by the FAID software....Probably didn't even factor into it, TBH. We had introduced multiple depots within Coal, being Port Waratah and Kooragang, but the difference between the two was a matter of 5km or so.

As for the guaranteed hours reduction, this is a double-edged sword. In busy times, you hit your guarantee earlier in the month, so can either A-claim the overtime at 1.7 for the first 17 or so hours then double-time from then on, or B- tell Rosters to stick their shift and go relax on the beach until the next roster cycle begins.

I can't blame the Driver's for knocking it back, the Home Regions clause would be enough, even if they dangled a $10,000 pay increase in front of me. Working 11 hours then coming back on availability with a 100km drive either side of your shift? F**k  that...
KRviator
I imagine that PN is getting it's tactics sorted for the nasty stuff ahead. Most Victorians would say that they have never had much of an interest in doing business in the "watermelon state" and I could see them going the big stick in an attempt to influence the coal and intermodal negotiations that are just around the corner.

      To hit your guarantee you probably need customers. If the companies pissed everybody off,  and they've all gone elsewhere, it's probably not much of an issue.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Patrick's are also having issues at Port Botany but are the issues related?
  cuthbert Train Controller

PN Coal in QLD prohibits train crews from driving to and from work in similar circumstances and provides accommodation at the sign off location when required. See what the difference money makes - Coal talks and grain walks!
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
PN Coal in QLD prohibits train crews from driving to and from work in similar circumstances and provides accommodation at the sign off location when required. See what the difference money makes - Coal talks and grain walks!
cuthbert
I had forgotten that! If we went over our shift limit in Coal, they were obliged to offer a taxi or calltruck to take us home and get us back to work next day. It wasn't taken up often, but it was there...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Been 1 x down and 1 x UP BG grain today via Gheringhap so perhaps agreement has been reached nd the lockout is over?
  tazzer96 Deputy Commissioner

The move to 76 fortnightly hours is likely due to bring it in line with the national standard of a 38 hour working week.

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