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...