Public Transport Privatisation: Tender Announcement Coming But Too Many Unanswered Questions Remain

12 February 2020

Public Service Association (PSA) Worksite Representatives and other impacted unions met with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) leadership on Monday 10 February 2020 to discuss the ongoing concerns with the privatisation of trains and trams.

DPTI confirmed the announcement of the successful bidder for the provision of tram services is likely to occur in February or March 2020, with the new provider taking over services in July 2020.

When the announcement of the privatisation first occurred, the Chief Executive highlighted the importance and need for staff to have adequate information needed before making any choice about going to a new employer or staying in Government.

The PSA highlighted that, given at least 770 questions raised recently are still to be answered, members have significant concerns they will need to make decisions about their future without adequate information in coming months.

The PSA continues to oppose the privatisation of trams and trains in our state and also demands that:

  •  Members have a real choice and are not forced to work for a private provider
  •  Members who chose to move to a private sector employer retain the conditions of their current enterprise agreements
  •  Financial incentives to move to a private sector employer be offered as has occurred in other privatisations
  •  Members wishing to remain in Government are placed in suitable employment that matches their classification and skills

The PSA will continue to inform members of their rights under their existing Enterprise Agreements, and will pursue all necessary avenues to ensure that members have all needed information before making decisions about leaving the Public Sector to undertake employment with a private provider.