Stay on Track

Union members at Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink are standing together to protect our pay and conditions at work.

We are essential workers and we deserve to be valued and respected.

Right now, we're sending a clear message to Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink that we demand job security and a fair pay rise. Download a background (see below) to use on your next Teams Meeting and add a banner to your email signature.

We need NSW TrainLink and Sydney Trains to stay on track. Now is not the time for pay cuts or job losses. Have any questions? Contact the ASU on [email protected]

What Protected Industrial Action can I take as an ASU Member?

Members of the ASU have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in support of a fair enterprise agreement at Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. You are now legally entitled to take protected industrial action. The law protects you from any repercussions from you exercising your legal right. There are penalties for managers and Organisations that do not respect your rights.

1. You can wear and display union and industrial campaign material.

If you work in any role that sends any email to internal and/or external stakeholders or customers, simply add the below text to your email signature:

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2. If you communicate with the public using any method you may make an announcement using the following wording.

Including via station announcements, long line PA, remote announcements, via social media, in person or by telephone

“I am an employee of Sydney Trains or NSW Trains. During the last few years, we have been working hard during a global pandemic to support the NSW Public in travelling to and from their essential commitments. We are disappointed that the NSW Government, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are refusing to enter into one agreement that provides a fair, respectful and dignified workplace, recognising the work we have all put in together to keep NSW moving during this difficult time.”

3. For social media, post the following image periodically throughout your shift:

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4. If you participate in Teams Meetings internally or externally change your Teams Background (see more options below).

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5. You can ban performing work that is subject to bans by other unions within Sydney/NSW Trains.

PA/APESMA
Bans on:

  1. Working with non-Sydney Trains or direct hire employees
  2. Electrical isolations except if required in emergencies
  3. Performing work for NSW Trains
  4. Front of train examinations
  5. Performing work in connection with non-timetabled trains
  6. Car balancing
  7. Performing work in connection with unplanned track work

RTBU
Bans on:

  1. Infrastructure ban on working in higher duties
  2. Issuing transpositions
  3. Work to Rule (i.e. strictly follow policies and procedures, working strictly to your Position Description and no unremunerated work)
  4. Refuse to be on call
  5. Ban Interagency work - for example, if you are employed by Sydney Trains you don't perform work for NSW Trains or any other entities
  6. Train Crew accepting altered working
  7. Train Crew only signing on and off at their appointed Home Depot
  8. Train Crew only working to their current Master Roster
  9. Train Crew accepting transposition slips
  10. Regional Drivers working to changes to current timetabled stopping patterns.

Additional RTBU Bans:

  1. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on Train Drivers travelling Pass while on duty. (12:01am on 30 June 2022 continuing for 24 hours.)
  2.  A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on creating non-safety critical REMs. (12:01am on 30 June 2022 continuing for 4 weeks.)
  3. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on the issuing or acceptance of Transpositions.(12:01am on 30 June 2022 continuing indefinitely.)
  4. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on duties related to the facilitation of work on a Sydney Metro project. (12:01am on 30 June 2022 continuing indefinitely.)
  5. A Ban on Operating Trains exceeding a Max speed of 60kms per hour.
  6. A Ban on authorising additional work on track for adjacent line protection for Local Possession Authorities. (28th June- 7 Days)
  7. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on populating, creating, or displaying roll out/departure lists. (12:01am on 5 July 2022 continuing for 2 weeks.)
  8. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of leaving wide gate array at stations open. (12:01am on 5 July 2022 continuing indefinitely.)
  9. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on non-safeworking training. (12:01am on 5 July 2022 continuing for 4 weeks.)
  10. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on non-safeworking competency assurance assessments.(12:01am on 5 July 2022 continuing for 4 weeks.)
  11. A limitation on the manner in which work is performed in the form of a ban on creating altered consist reports. (12:01am on 5 July 2022 continuing indefinitely.)

 

ETU
Bans on:

  1. Performing High-Voltage Switching, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  2. Work on capital works projects
  3. Use of communications technology such as mobile phones, tablets and radios in the rail corridor, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  4. Performance of computer and digital work in the nature of labour costing, rostering, reporting and data-logging; except in emergencies to prevent serious and imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  5. Work at sites that do not have separate amenities for both male and female employees, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  6. Attending to call-outs during a fatigue break, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  7. Working on systems, equipment or infrastructure maintained by contractors (third party service provider or maintainer) under a current maintenance contract, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the travelling public
  8. Performance pre-departure checks on trains
  9. Providing remote access to contractors and third parties not employed by Sydney Trains
  10. Working with people who are not Sydney Trains direct hire employees
  11. The use of vehicles (excluding plant and equipment) provided by Sydney Trains
  12. Performing work which is subject to protected action bans by any or all of RTBU, APESMA, AMWU, CFMMEU, AWU, or ASU members
  13. Speak to members of the public during work related telephone calls about the industrial action and the CEPU’s campaign for a new enterprise agreement
  14. Attach union and industrial campaign-related material to outgoing mail and/or emails and add CEPU and industrial campaign-related material to Sydney Trains materials and displays
  15. Wear and distribute CEPU and industrial campaign-related material to members of the public whilst performing work, including but not limited to t-shirts, badges, written communications and stickers
  16. Provide information, in any form, concerning the views of employees about industrial action and the CEPU’s campaign for a new enterprise agreement to members of the community including to members of the media.

CEPU
Bans on:

  1. 1500V DC switching, except in emergencies to prevent serious and imminent hazards to employees or the public;
  2. Authorising non Sydney Trains employees as the holder(s) of WHVI’s (working high voltage instructions) or 1500 Volt Authorities;
  3. Checking and approving 1500V Authorities and Working High Voltage Instructions (WHVI) with less than two (2) weeks’ notice, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the public;
  4. ICON Electrical employees amending 1500V Authorities and Working High Voltage Instructions (WHVI), except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the public;
  5. Reclamation of parts from rolling stock;
  6. Installation of reclaimed parts in rolling stock;
  7. Using locking systems, whether mechanical or digital, other than locking or unlocking a motor vehicle, except in emergencies to prevent imminent hazards to employees or the public;
  8. Labour costing; and
  9. Accessing or making entries in a rostering system.
  10. Using SAP, EAM or their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) alternatives [Subject to the safety commitment].

Virtual Backgrounds

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