V Line Enterprise Agreement

With the big round of EA negotiations taking place this year and negotiations for Metro Trains progressing, V/Line members are probably at the point where you think it`s about us? Rest assured, we have not forgotten you, but as usual in a public company, there have been big delays in the opening of negotiations. Not only have we looked at the delays that occur regularly, but the Victorian government has also thrown us another turn by making the V/Line EAs “big deals”. This means that the Treasurer, Prime Minister and Minister must all approve the Damage Protocol (LOC) before negotiations can begin. Since January of this year, THE RTBU has been asking V/Line to come to the negotiating table and start negotiations for your EA, and after our incessant calls to start negotiations fell on deaf ears, our lawyers have now written to V/Line and issued them an ultimatum. If they did not get to the negotiating table after that letter, we would ask for a majority decision from the Fair Work Board. I am pleased to inform you that V/Line has contacted us following a date of opening of negotiations. Negotiations for operations V/Line EA and V/Line Infrastructure EA are expected to start next week. At these meetings, damage minutes will be exchanged, so that after the first meeting on Monday, negotiations will be considered started. Ea`s last round of negotiations in 2015 was far too long and we will not allow this to happen again. This time.

It is frustrating that we have threatened to take legal action to bring V/Line to the negotiating table, but now that a negotiation date is set, we hope that the EA negotiations will progress quickly and steadily. . . .