Yarra Trams Eba Agreement

The agreement in principle comes after 41 meetings between the parties and includes improved working conditions and a 14 per cent pay increase over the next four years. Yarra Trams and the public transport union have reached an agreement that will prevent union action during the Grand Prix. Credit: Age Melbourne`s Yarra Trams and the union representing their workers have agreed in principle and cancelled the new strikes planned for next week. Yarra Trams said there would be no attempt to increase the increase further in the next enterprise agreement, while part-time workers were provided with a minimum of 23 hours of work per week, fixed rollover tables and overtime payments, according to the union. The resistance of tram drivers is already being felt on social media. On RTBU Victoria`s Facebook page, tram drivers spoke about the effects of the part-time concession. “Two percent every two years. After 10-20 years, all part-time,” wrote one. Another noted: “Every new conductor will now be like the conductors of 20 years ago. It`s unnecessary. Prove me wrong. 1 other abyss of the enterprise agreement and I left. The union has been fighting for a new EBA for nearly eight months.

The old contract expired in 2015. “There will be no more strikes for trams,” he said. Tram strikes on a new collective agreement began last July. The tram operator had proposed two collective agreements rejected by the union. To combat the balances of the RTBU and protect and improve working conditions and wages, all tram workers must insist on their democratic right to copies of the full agreement and not to trade union summaries and sufficient time to read and discuss them. Mass assemblies should be convened to allow maximum discussion. The agreement also provides for the introduction of traumatic leave and family violence leave, as well as the strengthening of maternity and secondary leave, as well as funeral leave. But on 25 February, the RTBU and the Victorian government agreed to withdraw the trade union actions proposed under the Grand Prix, in exchange for the withdrawal by the government and Yarra Trams of their request to stop or suspend trade union actions at the FwC. In reality, the proposed agreement boils down to a closed-door liquidation between the union bureaucracy, the management of Yarra Trams and representatives of Prime Minister Daniel Andrews` Victorian Labour government. On the most important issue facing the dispute – the companies` demands to increase the number of part-time workers from 4 to 15 per cent of the workforce – the union capitulated and agreed on 10 per cent of part-time workers.

A “no” to the proposed agreement must be the starting point for a political and industrial counter-offensive involving all workers from Yarra Trams, Metro Trains and V/Line in the fight against the privatisation of public transport and for decent wages and conditions for all workers. This requires that the RTBU be removed from the hands of the fight and that new rank and file committees be set up in each depot and position. “RTBU management will now recommend to its tram steering committee that it accepts contract leaders.” The betrayal of the part-time work rate undermines all the RTBU`s demands on wages. The terms of the proposed agreement include a 14 per cent wage increase over four years, about as much as the cost of living and only slightly higher than Yarra Trams` long-standing offer of 12 per cent over the same period. The announcement “in principle” comes after months of maneuvering between the RTBU, Yarra Trams and the Victorian government.