Train strikes set to hit Melbourne next week as Metro staff vote yes to industrial action
Melbourne's rail network will be shut down by strike action for four hours next week, after Metro staff voted yes to industrial action at a meeting on Monday morning.
Its easy to sit there and say 18% over 3 years is criminal, work for metro do you ? work shift work do you ?Shift work is part and parcel of that job - train drivers have a lot of stress in their work (that's true) but they also get paid well and have very stable working conditions compared to (say) people in retail or hospitality. What has the union decided they will give away in exchange for the very generous (and well above inflation) increases they're asking for?
This company is ruthless and making huge profits at the expense of the Victorian taxpayer, while managers get big bonuses for coming up with ways to screw the employees to scratch up every spare cent.How is that different to anyone else who has to work for a completely ruthless big corporation?
Also, I have to say that the union asking for 6% a year for three years is pretty outrageous in my opinion. I know that it's an ambit claim but with inflation and interest rates so low I think a 6% p/a claim is excessive. Just an opinion.
Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of sympathy for train drivers trying to make ends meet - but everyone else is in exactly the same boat. Train drivers have a strong union if they are ever in trouble, they have really excellent working conditions in comparison to other people, they get paid on time (which is a constant struggle when you are working for a small employer, let me tell you) and they have excellent superannuation.Ok a few things that people seem to not know due to the propaganda being fed to the media by Metro.
Why do they deserve 18% over three years when inflation and interest rates are at historical lows? It just seems like greed to me.
* Negotiations were due to start 31 December 2014 as per the current EBA 6 months before expiry.This is a classic employer tactic. In effect, they are forcing a wage freeze on employees by delaying negotiations.
* MTM refused to start negotiations until dragged to Fair Work by the Union. Order was to start in April, MTM didn't start until May.
...but there seems to be a pattern here etc.What is also obvious is that some people seem obsessed with the wage rise component of the dispute, seeing it as the only issue at stake.