Rail unions stare at Perrottet threat, refuse to call off industrial action

Claassens accused Perrottet of trying to portray railroad workers as bad guys to ease the mounting pressure on his own government.

“You have to wonder why the NSW government is targeting the RTBU when so many other industries are taking action like nurses and teachers,” he said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before. On Wednesday evening, and then again on Thursday afternoon, we were seated across from the most senior officials of our railway, and they were blindsided by the tightrope policy of the NSW government. It’s as if the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing.

In its application to the industrial umpire, Unions NSW said the negotiation had been “characterised by widespread and highly publicized argument”.

“The substantive issues in dispute between the parties are easily susceptible to agreement. However, progress towards an agreement has been repeatedly stalled and reversed by [Sydney] The trains’ disorganized, inconsistent and highly politicized approach to bargaining,” the app reads.


He argued that the government had breached “duties to bargain in good faith” by publicly threatening to terminate current agreements if its unilaterally proposed deal was not approved by rail staff.

He also blamed the failure of negotiations on a revolving door of government ministers involved.

Senior transport officials warned union leaders on Thursday night that they would initiate Fair Work Commission proceedings to terminate existing company-wide agreements if industrial action continues after “offices close” on Friday.

The government’s billion-dollar bid to modify the mothballed intercity train fleet will also be scrapped if the industrial action extends beyond 5 p.m. Friday.

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