No Agreement in NSW Rail Union Dispute

A marathon meeting between NSW rail workers and Sydney Trains bosses has wrapped up with no agreement as workers demand a pay rise and improved working conditions.

The planned meeting started about 12.30pm on Monday and finished more than 10 hours later with negotiations expected to continue on Tuesday after the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and Sydney Trains management remained deadlocked.

The meeting comes a week before a planned train strike on January 29 when more than 9000 train workers will stop work for 24 hours as they push for a six per cent pay rise and improved conditions.

The government has been holding firm on a 2.5 per cent wage increase.

During the afternoon break on Monday, RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens told reporters they were still “miles away” from reaching a consensus.

The union says it is after a fair agreement and has asked Sydney Trains bosses to go back to the drawing board.

“Unfortunately, we still have not reached an agreement. Management came to the meeting with an offer but it was not up to scratch,” it said on Monday night’s meeting.

Earlier in the day, the NSW premier and the Sydney Trains chief executive were hopeful the meeting would end in an agreement and the cancellation of the planned strike.

Sydney Trains spent the weekend nutting out an offer that was expected to be put forward to the RTBU on Monday, according to the union.

The main issues that remain to be resolved include rostering, job security and working conditions.