Vic rail deal brings relief

Metro Trains finally seal the deal with workers bringing strikes to a close and relief for bus

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and Metro Trains reached an in-principle deal for a new enterprise agreement this week, after more than six months of negotiations and strikes.

The settlement comes four months after the existing agreement expired and comes as a relief to bus operators struggling to find enough spare replacement buses to fill the gap, as rail workers walked off the job in metropolitan Melbourne.

"This agreement protects and maintains workers long standing conditions as well as introducing new clauses to the agreement," RTBU secretary Luba Grigorovitch says.

The new agreement also introduces a uniform disciplinary procedure and sets out dispute resolution procedures more clearly for Metro Trains staff.

While pleased with the outcome, Grigorovitch regrets strike action which she says was required in order to achieve it.

"This is a win for the membership and the RTBU is proud of the result.

"It beggars belief that it took Metro six months to finally agree to what is largely an unchanged enterprise agreement."

"This agreement ensures that an appropriate balance has been struck between protecting our members’ conditions and laying the best foundation possible so Melbourne can have a world class transport system."

There are two more enterprise agreements, covering members working in Metro Train’s rolling stock and infrastructure divisions yet to be finalised.

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