New pay deal offered to Sydney rail workers

As the deadlock over pay and conditions continues, NSW and Sydney Trains workers will consider a new pay package offer which includes an annual pay rise for workers of 3 per cent for the next three years.

In a memo issued to members last night, the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RBTU) said the total value of the offer was 4.06 per cent and included a $1,000 payment, travel passes and additional benefits.

“After the previous offer was overwhelming rejected by your union delegates, management today presented the group with an amended version of their offer,” the RTBU said in a statement.

“Management at the meeting indicated that they would be presenting the new offer directly to the workforce via depot meetings, with those meetings expected to start as early as next week.”

The union said members would now have time to consider the package.

“We’re very close on all the conditions,” RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens said.

“We have gone out and hired an independent economist to check the numbers.

“We will obviously determine over the next couple of days whether we’re going to be going out there and saying ‘This is the best offer we can get’ or whether this is a bad offer.”

It comes two weeks after union members rejected a 2.75 percent pay increase and threatened to walk off the job.

Sydney’s rail network was bracing for a 24-hour strike last month, only for the Fair Work Commission to order a suspension on all industrial action until March.

The union began negotiations seeking a 6 per cent annual pay increase for workers.

Topics: rail-transport, industrial-relations, unions, sydney-2000

First posted February 08, 2018 07:53:58

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