After having only one responsible accident in his entire career, a member at Tempe depot was placed on stage one of the incident/collision discipline policy. When he notified local RTBU rep Ash Sarker of this outrageous situation Ash filed a dispute notice.
The dispute slowly made its way through the various stages of the dispute settlement procedure (DSP) and Union Official Gary Way ultimately elevated it to the General Manager, Human Resources STA.
Acting General Manager, Human Resources Martin Byatt considered the various aspects of the dispute and found in favour of our member. This lead to General Managern, Southern Region, Mark Peters reversing the decision to place our member on stage one, much to the relief of the driver and his Union rep.
In welcoming the Tempe decision Gary Way committed the Union to disputing all decisions that are triggered by not responsible accidents.
“A policy that means our drivers get penalised because other motorists crash into their bus is ridiculous and can not be justified”, said Mr Way.
All members are encouraged to notify their Union rep if they find themselves in these situations.
Union slams STA accident policy
How dare State Transit penalise us when someone crashes into our bus!!
If you are being hassled by management for NOT RESPONSIBLE ACCIDENTS, the union needs to know.
Tram & Bus Division President Gary Way says,”We will not tolerate State Transit’s policy of penalising bus drivers for not responsible accidents”.
Members who can provide an example of this practice are asked to advise their local delegate who will forward the details to the Union Office in Redfern. If suitable examples are obtained, it is anticipated that officials will be well positioned to instigate a “State Transit-Wide” dispute.
“This is the most unfair policy ever written,” said Mr Way, “and enough is enough, we will fight State Transit to the bitter end.
If you have had an experience with this, tell us about it below and be sure to contact your local delegate straight away.
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