Train cleaners' jobs safe: union

Train cleaners at depots on the South Coast have been told their jobs are safe despite NSW government plans to outsource some of the work.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced late last year that the government planned to outsource 35 per cent of the cleaning of the state's trains to private contractors.

NSW Secretary for the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Alex Claassens said yesterday the cleaning jobs on the South Coast were safe - for the time being.

"Pressure from the RTBU was instrumental in ensuring cleaning staff at the Wollongong, Port Kembla and Bomaderry depots escaped the outsourcing axe, but overall staff numbers remain a crucial issue," Mr Claassens said.

Wollongong MP Noreen Hay yesterday flagged her intention to raise the issue in State Parliament.

Her planned motion calls on MPs to condemn the government "for attempting to privatise Sydney's public transport" through outsourcing of these jobs.

A NSW TrainLink spokeswoman said the government formed Transport Cleaning Services in 2013, which saw an improvement in cleanliness on trains.

"Management continues to consult with relevant unions and keep all staff closely informed about this reform," she said

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