QRs desperate bid to avert rail strike

By: Chris Smith


The Queensland Government this morning made an application with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission seeking to have the bargaining period

The Queensland Government this morning made an application with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission seeking to have the bargaining period for the Enterprise Agreement terminated for Queensland Rail (QR) employees.

The action is a bid to prevent 24-hour stoppages planned for the south-east Queensland rail network next Monday and Wednesday by members of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees (AFULE) representing the train crews.

QR and the AFULE have failed to reach an agreement on a new Enterprise Agreement so the Union went through the legal steps, as part of the Workchoices legislation, to inact a motion to strike.

The two groups will meet at 9am tomorrow and a ruling will be made.

Greg Smith from the AFULE says one of three decisions will be made:
a) The Enterprise Agreement will be terminated, making the strike illegal
b) A motion will be passed to suspend strike action
c) Or the workers will be given the right to strike.

Detailed information on additional services will be available on the TransLink website on Friday, 13 February if a strike does proceed.

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