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Yarra Trams is delighted to have negotiated an
in-principle employee agreement with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union
(RTBU) which brings about an end to recent industrial actions.
Our passengers can once again travel on
Melbourne's tram network as normal.
We have only maintained or improved conditions
in this agreement, giving our employees a better work-life
The agreement that covers tram drivers, customer
service employees, authorised officers and other operational
employees is the outcome of complex negotiations between Yarra
Trams and the RTBU.
Employees will receive a 14 per cent wage
increase over the next four years, plus two separate cash payments
totalling three per cent. The first wage increase will be backdated
to 1 July 2015.
The agreement includes the introduction of
trauma leave and family violence leave, as well as increased
maternity and secondary carer's leave, and bereavement leave.
The agreement allows Yarra Trams to continue
offering a safe and reliable service for our customers, and build
upon the improvements in safety, punctuality and customer service
that we have achieved in recent years.
We acknowledge the constructive role taken by the Victorian
Government in helping to facilitate this agreement between the
11 September 2015
Yarra Trams received formal notification
from the RTBU at 4.40pm today of the intent for further industrial
action that will affect the tram network.
The notice includes a range of threatened
actions including four separate two-hour stop works from 8pm until
Other threatened actions that will disrupt
the level of service provided to passengers are:
The notice also includes bans on wearing
uniform on Thursday 17, Tuesday 22 and Thursday, 24 September.
The RTBU has repeatedly said it wants to
avoid taking industrial action, but have today chosen to threaten a
further nine actions.
Only hours before this notification was
sent, the parties had agreed to bargaining sessions on Saturday, 12
September and Monday, 14 September.
We remain committed to reaching a fair and
balanced agreement. We believe industrial action is
28 August 2015
Yarra Trams received formal notification from the RTBU prior to
today's bargaining session of the intent for further industrial
action that will affect the tram network.
The notice includes a range of threatened actions including a
stop work on Thursday, 10 September, from 10am until 2pm, which
would result in similar disruptions to those that Melbourne
Other threatened actions that will disrupt the level of service
provided to passengers:
The notice also includes bans on wearing uniform on Thursday, 3
and Wednesday, 9 September.
We remain committed to reaching a fair and balanced agreement
and are willing to negotiate at any time of the day or night.
Negotiations are planned for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next
week. While negotiations continue we believe industrial action is
We will do what we can to avoid disruptions to our
We are putting plans in place to continue to offer our
passengers the best service we can, and to provide information so
they can effectively plan their journey.
27 August 2015
Yarra Trams would like to thank its customers for their patience
during today's industrial action.
Trams are returning to the network and our focus is on ensuring
safety during this time.
We expect to have trams operating to normal frequencies between
4pm and 5pm.
We also thank our employees who were on the network today, many
of whom were volunteers from other parts of the business.
We share our passengers' frustration about this unnecessary
industrial action; we did everything we could to keep passengers
informed and keep Melbourne moving.
26 August 2015
Yarra Trams shares our customers' frustrations that industrial
action will affect their travel plans on Thursday, 27 August.
Our first priority is the safety of our passengers, employees
and the community and we will ensure that all contingency plans
consider the wider community's safety at all times.
Limited replacement buses will supplement existing train and bus
services, with the aim of providing a way for the community to keep
moving during the disruption.
Replacement buses will operate on the St Kilda Road corridor and
to key locations such as train stations, hospitals and Melbourne
We are committed to continuing to provide the best service and
information that we can to our customers.
Real-time information is provided via the tramTRACKER®
application for smart phones, the @yarratrams Twitter account and
passenger information displays at major tram stops.
Up to date information is also available on the Yarra Trams
25 August 2015
Yarra Trams is doing all we can to avoid threatened industrial
action from taking place.
This week we have held bargaining sessions with the RTBU and a
further session is planned for tomorrow. While these negotiations
continue, we believe industrial action is unnecessary.
We have lodged an application to the Fair Work Commission, which
is listed to be heard at 2.30pm today.
The application is made under Section 424 of the Fair Work Act
(2009), which states that industrial action must be suspended or
terminated: "if the FWC is satisfied that the protected industrial
action has threatened, is threatening, or would threaten to
endanger the life, the personal safety or health, or the welfare,
of the population or of part of it, or to cause significant damage
to the Australian economy or an important part of it."
A further statement will be issued once the outcome of the Fair
Work Commission hearing is known.
21 August 2015
We continue to negotiate with the RTBU to finalise
an enterprise agreement for our employees and while we are doing
so, industrial action is completely unnecessary.
We remain committed to reaching a fair and balanced
agreement. We are prepared to sit at the negotiating table at any
time, day or night.
19 August 2015
Yarra Trams is pleased that our passengers will be able to
travel as normal after the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) withdrew
its planned stop work industrial action for this Friday after
conciliation with the Fair Work Commission.
We will continue to negotiate with the RTBU and we call on the
RTBU to withdraw planned industrial action set to take place next
Thursday, 27 August.
We are committed to reaching a fair and balanced agreement. We
are prepared to sit at the negotiating table at any time, day or
We have asked the union to avoid industrial action while members
consider the offer and we will continue to be fully transparent
with employees on negotiations.
We will continue bargaining discussions and are set to meet
again tomorrow at midday.
18 August 2015
Yarra Trams is disappointed that threatened industrial action
which will interfere with the travelling plans of our passengers is
still planned for Friday.
We regard the threatened industrial action as unnecessary and
remain committed to reaching a fair and balanced agreement and
keeping trams moving so that people in the community can continue
their lives as normal.
Yarra Trams is prepared to sit at the negotiating table at any
time, day or night, to reach agreement.
At this stage, negotiations are planned to resume on Wednesday
17 August 2015
Yarra Trams is actively planning to ensure that we continue to
offers our passengers the best service we can in light of the
proposed industrial action. The safety of our passengers,
employees, and the wider community is our top priority when
planning our response to the industrial action.
Yarra Trams will provide passengers with detailed updates in the
coming days about specific service changes so they can plan their
travel. We encourage passengers to follow us on Twitter
@yarratrams, visit our website yarratrams.com.au and check for
information available across the tram network.
We have offered to meet with the RTBU daily, and remain
committed to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement as soon as
Yarra Trams is seeking to stop the industrial action through the
Fair Work Commission.
12 August 2015
Yarra Trams remains committed to reaching a fair and balanced
agreement and keeping trams moving so that people in the community
can continue their lives as normal - we don't believe industrial
action is necessary.
For the second day in a row, in accordance with our schedule, we
held a productive bargaining session with the RTBU today.
We note the proposed industrial action that is being reported
and will await formal notification.