Anyone remember when the last strike was?
Melbourne train strike looms: Rail workers vote for industrial action
2015, not exactly ancient history.
As much as the RTBU likes to paint it about being about the money it’s not.Be thankful we have them, I'm sure the workers are as They're keeping there conditions and rights upheld and making sure they're getting a fair go.
As it stands the RTBU is a thorn in the Andrew’s Governments transport utopia. It’s is the archaic conditions and requirements that are holding the system back from operating more efficiently.
Both MM1 and the new Metro contract have clauses in them stating that both companies are not liable for delays caused by industrial action by the RTBU.
Back in 2015 Metro wanted to segregate drivers to the current groups that we see on PTV maps. RTBU wouldn’t have a bar of it. Sighting safety concerns on drivers on working on one or two lines. They ended up splitting the network in two.
Other things Metro and the government are trying to change is the requirement that drivers can only run one line once per shift in each direction. Making rostering and timetabling a nightmare.
Driver change over at FFS, is the big ticket item that Metro is pushing for. The Government has been investing in driver facilities at the end of lines and at interchange stations like Dandenong and Ringwood. Metro wants to remove the majority of driver change over at FFS. Moving it out to the suburbs were delays can be better absorbed. This would make FFS a through station. Reducing delays caused by drivers on late running services that need to change lines.
This is one of the left overs from the 70’s when a lot of services came out of the loop and terminated at FFS before being shunted into Jolimont or Melbourne yards for the return peak service.
Other gripes by the RTBU is the introduction of HCMTS and there ability to shunt around PED without a driver. No longer will a driver on 120k a year need to work at a depot to move a train a few hundred meters to the workshop.
Interesting to see how much Metro gets its way, I doubt the government is going to let the RTBU derail its transport legacy.
Other things Metro and the government are trying to change is the requirement that drivers can only run one line once per shift in each direction. Making rostering and timetabling a nightmare.The existing practice is an important part of fatigue management. It prevents drivers from getting (for lack of a better word) 'complacent' running up and down the same line, which can lead to accidents (particularly if there are minor changes between runs on that shift). Metro roster officers are quite competent enough to deal with your so-called 'rostering nightmare'. It's not like it hasn't been this way for decades or anything.
Not sure an EBA negotiation in the transport industry gets through without at least 1 strike, especially given how long negotiations have been going on.It was Aurizon and their situation was a little different as the EA they cancelled was made with a different entity - QR National. Metro won't be able to do that.
Watch for metro to do what QR Rail i think it was (or was it Aurizon?) did and that let their EBA expire, have the fair work terminate the EBA, and then back to whatever is in the base award, which likely is a small fraction of whats in the EBA.
Expect part day strikes in the next 1-2 months in Melbourne. Tram workers could go out as well.
It’s funny. I remember reading these forums circa 2009 and the vitriol that was directed to train drivers for strikes was shocking. The whole media narrative was “these public service worker fat cats are going to ruin your day!!”. It seemed, many in the forums had similar views?"THAT, is one of the many many many reasons people totally oppose privatisation of public assets. We paid for them, we should own them!"
Perhaps it’s just my growing out of naïevity, or perhaps it’s the cacophony of noise in my echo chambers, but it seems to have changed. Now there seems to be genuine support for industrial action growing. I certainly feel like these forums have much less tolerance for the conservative drivel about ‘inefficiencies’ and ‘lost dividends’ which is fancy talk for “if we let the rich men cut all of our rights and safety standards maybe they’ll give us a 20¢ pay rise”. I’m pleased to see these changes, and know that a strong community exists supporting services workers who’re both vital for our economy, and through their assertion of safety as a priority avoid cost cutting exercises by corporates.
Only have to look at the experience of Argentina after the Once train disaster that led to 51 people being killed because of mismanagement by the private railway companies (all because of a drive to increase shareholder profits, as opposed to running an actual service to benefit the public).
THAT, is one of the many many many reasons people totally oppose privatisation of public assets. We paid for them, we should own them!
The newspaper today provides for the tram union now getting behind Metro Trains Strike.The RTBU has a separate dispute with Yarra Trams over annual leave entitlements to the one they have with Metro Trains Melbourne. It is important to differentiate between the two disputes and their similar timing, as under Australia's onerous industrial relations laws sympathy strikes are illegal.