State train drivers to receive 2.25% pay increase

QUEENSLAND'S 1141 train drivers and guards have secured a new three-year deal following last week's ballot.

Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Andrew Powell welcomed the agreement which provides an increase of 2.25 per cent a year, plus 0.25 per cent a year, subject to the successful implementation of new rosters and timetables.

"This deal is a win for both Queensland Rail staff and passengers and I thank all involved for their efforts to negotiate in good faith," Mr Powell said.

"This agreement recognises and values the important work train drivers and guards do every day operating hundreds of train services for 170,000 daily passengers across Queensland.

"The Newman Government is committed to delivering affordable, reliable and safe public transport in Queensland and this agreement gives us the ability to move forward with planning for more services to meet customers' needs."

The agreement also provides greater focus on customer service with train guards accepting additional customer service responsibilities.

More than 570 train drivers and guards submitted a valid return during the balloting period from September 18 to 23.

The pay rise will be backdated to 1 August 2013, with the new agreement in effect until July 31, 2016.


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