Adelaide Metro workers achieve negotiating breakthrough

Adelaide Metro workers have voted to suspend industrial action planned for tomorrow after a breakthrough in negotiations with the State Government, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) said today.

RTBU_Negotiation_Breakthrough_small.jpgRTBU SA/NT Branch Secretary Darren Phillips said a mass meeting of Adelaide Metro workers had voted to withdraw planned strike action for tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon, enabling the AFL Match between the Adelaide Crows and West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval to proceed without disruption.

“Our members have been encouraged by recent discussions with the South Australian Government,” Mr Phillips said.

“We have made significant progress on a number of key issues, including a review of rostering principles, back pay, national qualifications and shift harmonisation.

“But there are still several outstanding items to be addressed, including our claims for a productivity-based pay rise and shift penalties.”

RTBU members sent a clear message to the SA Government

Mr Phillips said the breakthrough in negotiations had come about due to the determination of RTBU members at Adelaide Metro to make their voices heard.

“It’s a shame it has taken us so long to get some movement on these negotiations, but there is no doubt that today’s industrial action has sent a strong message to the South Australian Government.

“RTBU members have stood tall and united in the face of considerable public and political pressure.  We will continue to stand firm until a new agreement is finally settled.”