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NSW authorities, rail union attain a deal, ending lengthy standoff over intercity fleet

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NSW authorities, rail union attain a deal, ending lengthy standoff over intercity fleet

2022-11-25 07:59:52
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A protracted-running industrial dispute that has crippled Sydney’s rail community for months is near being resolved after the state authorities signed a deal committing it to modifications to a brand new multibillion-dollar practice fleet.

NSW Transport Minister David Elliott mentioned the federal government and rail union had reached a breakthrough on Friday afternoon, after the state agreed to signal a deed to change the mothballed intercity practice fleet on the centre of the protracted dispute.

Premier Dominic Perrottet, left, and Transport Minister David Elliott on Thursday.Credit score:Nikki Quick

Elliott, who appeared on the Truthful Work Fee on Friday, mentioned the rail union would withdraw all industrial motion. “We have now settlement. The brand new intercity deed has been signed. The union will withdraw all industrial motion … peace,” he mentioned.

Elliott mentioned a “small variety of objects” nonetheless needed to go to arbitration, however the course of wouldn’t cease rail employees voting on a brand new enterprise settlement.

“As soon as the [Fair Work] commissioner has arbitrated, it will likely be inserted into the enterprise settlement,” he mentioned.

The ultimate decision of the dispute will hinge on rail employees voting in favour of the enterprise settlement.

The breakthrough late on Friday comes after 5 days of intense negotiations between the federal government and the Rail Tram and Bus Union. Premier Dominic Perrottet moved every week in the past to go off industrial motion by providing commuters fare-free practice journey, which paved the way in which for the negotiations.

The industrial dispute has caused sporadic disruptions to Sydney’s rail network for months.

The commercial dispute has triggered sporadic disruptions to Sydney’s rail community for months.Credit score:Louise Kennerley

The federal government and union have additionally agreed in precept to an enterprise settlement which might be voted upon by rail employees. It features a $4500 money fee for workers and two annual pay rises over the lifetime of the brand new settlement, which is able to expire in 2024.

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