Dear Division 3 Members,
Concerns about the issues with Aurizon’s digital/analogue radio conflicts and communication losses have been raised at Sub-Branch meetings. There have also been issues in depots where members have been instructed to use their personal mobile phone to contact loadout’s as there was no communication with the loadout and crews have also used their personal mobiles to setup trains which includes doing load and direction tests.
If you have been instructed to perform a safety critical task using your personal mobile phone, please contact Network Control (or Local Area Controller) and advise them you have a communications issue and ask them how they want you to proceed. This includes loading or unloading a train, starting up or shutting down a distributed power train or other train or any other safety critical task.
The AFULE position is that we do not use our personal mobile phone for communication regarding operational matters on a train unless in an emergency and you have no other means of communication. Loading, unloading and setting up trains is not an emergency.
Linked here is a feedback form where members can provide information regarding these issues.
Please enter the details of the date, time, location, train number and locomotive number.
Members can alos report directly to the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) using the online reporting form using the following link: https://www.atsb.gov.au/voluntary/repcon_rail.aspx ;
Please report any radio communication issues directly to your ROL and also forward details to the AFULE.\
AFULE Vice President
Late last year the AFULE conducted elections for State representatives and local sub branch positions. On 16 December 2019 we received a letter from the Registered Organisation Commission, in relation to the AEC Election Report outlining that two of the AFULE Federal Rules were difficult to interpret or apply. The relevant part of the report is extracted here:
As a result of the notification form the ROC & AEC the AFULE has given an undertaking to the ROC, today, the 10th January 2020 to alter our rules to clear any ambiguity AFULE responded per the below.
We understand under Section 198(1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) The AFULE must give the AEC a written response to the issues raised within 30 days of the report being provided to us.
I wish to advise you in relation to r. 23(3) the Federal rules of the AFULE will be amended and put in place to define the seniority order of State positions prior to the next union election to be held in 2022. I am currently seeking legal advice in relation to the best way to amend r.23(3) and would be happy to provide the particulars of that change once they are determined.
Further, I wish to advise it is the AFULE’s intention to adopt the AEC’s recommended change to r. 23(5) and amend the Federal rules to that effect prior to the next union election in 2022.
We will work to have these rules altered in the very near future and will notify members once this transition commences.
A full copy of the AFULE post-election report is available to members upon request.
AFULE State Secretary
The Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees (‘AFULE’) recently held an election for offices that correspond with offices of the Electrical Trades Union of Employees Queensland (‘ETUQ’), in respect of its AFULE Division (‘AFULE Division’).
The AFULE is the federal counterpart body of the AFULE Division.
To avoid holding two elections for a corresponding office, the ETUQ will make an application for exemption from holding an election under section 802 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld).
The ETUQ is making this application so that the member who fills an office in the AFULE will fill the corresponding office in the AFULE Division.
The members of the AFULE Division will not be detrimentally affected as members have already voted, or been given the opportunity to vote, in the election held for the federal counterpart body of the AFULE Division.
This notice will apply to any vacant offices in the AFULE Division until the expiry of the term which commences in 2019, where the office in which the vacancy occurs (in the AFULE Division) corresponds with an office in the AFULE, and where the AFULE has held an election for its vacant office.
25 September 2019
The Australian Electoral Commission will be calling for nominations for positions within the AFULE from Friday the 4 October 2019. A copy of the election notice is available here. Succesful candiates will begin their 3 year term as of 1 January 2020.
Nominations open at 1200hrs on Friday 4 October 2019, and close 1200hrs on Friday 1 November 2019. Nominations must be sent to the AEC to either the postal address or email as stipulated on the election notice. Only financial members are eligbile to nominate or participate in a ballot. Please read the election notice carefully so your nomination is recieved by the AEC in the allocated time period.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the AFULE State office, via the AEC or by clicking here.
Canidates may opt to submit a statement to be included in the ballot material with their nomination.