TMR Bargaining update

Posted on July 5, 2019

The Department still haven’t been given bargaining authority and therefore are still just listening to members' claims with no authority to give responses. What was particularly great at yesterday’s meeting was delegates putting pressure on the departmental representatives to come back with a response as soon as possible and not to drag this on and on. 

The Teachers Union reached an in principle agreement with government this week on their EB negotiations which included some great outcomes for their members in relation to wages and career progression. This offer to school teachers was made on the eve of state-wide strike action planned by QTU members.

In the TMR negotiations we noted this movement on wages and sought confirmation that TMR would have a similar position. Unfortunately government representatives advised that the bargaining outcome for teachers was specific to their agreement and is not a part of government wages policy. This was disappointing to hear but not surprising! We know we will need to make our own stand and we should take the lesson from the QTU members willing to take industrial action on what can be done if we stand together!  

Now - Time to talk action in TMR!

Over the last couple of weeks we have started talking about what taking action might look like.

We are now in July, after the nominal expiry of your current agreement, and next week will bring us mid-way through the month. Time is ticking! And we know members want answers.

Members have been sending through their ideas for action. We know many of you are still talking with your colleagues about what action you want to take.

Next week we will be emailing members in customer service centres with a ballot to endorse putting a ban on wearing uniforms, and working to rule. Members will then be able to determine a date to commence those bans once members have been balloted.

If you and your colleagues are also ready to take action – send me an email at and we will get in touch with you about the process.

Bargaining update

Yesterday’s meeting was a full agenda with the below claims discussed, your delegates did another amazing job talking through these claims – see more about each claims discussion by clicking on their links below:

Employment Security – Casual, Temporary, Higher Duties, Permanent Employment.

  • We discussed the need to improve employment security for casual and temporary employees with a better conversion process for employees.
  • The introduction of a conversion process to see employees performing long term higher duties be made permanent if the work is deemed on going. Importantly this conversion is to not be directly linked to the availability of a vacant position.
  • TMR noted in considering these claims they are also required to consider sector wide implication and business needs.
  • Discussion regarding the current use of contractors and the need to tighten these provisions given the number of contractors currently being used.

Regional, Rural and remote

  • Emphasised the need to review current Regional, Rural and Remote provisions to consider impacts on mining towns, what is considered regional, rural and remote, and services available.
  • Discussion about the need to provide better professional development including opportunities to travel to attend PD rather than just participating in online methods.

Transport Inspector and Senior Transport Inspectors,

  • Progression/ Reclassification
    • Specifically talked about the requirement for recognition for skills and technical experience for Transport Inspectors.
    • Your delegates spoke to the investigation roles of TI's and the seriousness of those roles and the decisions made. Noting how investigations have far reaching implications.
    • Broad diversity of knowledge and expertise required with legislation updated.
    • We talked about the need for both technical and managerial progression
    • Your Delegates also noted the level of expertise that industry groups rely on – Transport Inspectors often presenting at industry forums to provide expert advice.
  • Saturday rosters
    • Your Delegates reflect that regions and office currently manage this differently due to different issues/consumer needs. We want to maintain the ability for this to occur and not to implement a one size fits all.
  • Rostering provisions
    • Delegates noted issues of interpretation with the way roster principles are currently written. There is a need to provide further clarity around application of the principles including definition of shifts, penalties and how they interact with each other. Included in this is the provision of providing a roster a minimum of two pay cycles in advance rather than the current 2 week due to the need for TI/STI to travel away for long periods of times.
  • Heavy Regulator
    • Delegates talked about the need for ongoing consultation. Currently nothing is being told back to TI/STI work groups. Delegates want to see a commitment from the Department for early engagement on an ideas or plans for implementation.

The Department noted it was their understanding updates were being provided however committed to forwarding on members request for more regular updates.

  • Body Cameras
    • We noted some areas have them but not all. Delegates reported back that body cameras make a big difference in interactions with the public and the safety for Inspectors. Video footage is often requested by the TMR prosecutions team for evidence purposes.

The Department noted without prejudice that it is something they are looking into.

Rosters, and Road Safety Consultants.

  • Spoke to the impacts the loss of allowances while on leave were for workers who are regularly receiving allowances as a part of their pay
  • The Department noted our claims.

The Department provided information on the Departments new Mental Health strategy as a follow up action from previous meetings. 

Next weeks meeting will be focusing on the following claims:

  • Career Paths, Classifications – General,
  • Restoring merit-based career path,
  • Professional development and training,
  • Community Recovery
  • Maintenance and improvement of allowance,
  • Additional allowances,
  • On Call and Recall,
  • Workplace health and Safety and,
  • Annual Rail Passes

After that meeting all member claims will have been discussed.

Don’t forget to talk to your colleagues about ideas for collective action and email  


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