Started by Fares_Fair, November 23, 2011, 10:58:45 AM
QuoteQR National poised for major job cuts by: John McCarthy From: The Courier-Mail June 05, 2012 12:00AMMAJOR redundancies are expected to be announced by QR National today as the company tries to rein in its operations and costs and shed itself of the bureaucracy it inherited from the Bligh state government.There had been speculation that 900 jobs would go but the company yesterday rejected this as too high.QR National said it would not comment on the actual number until it started consultation today with its workers.The Rail Tram and Bus Union expected the number would be significant. About 600 jobs were cut last year when the company called for voluntary redundancies and received 900 applications.Under its current agreement with the unions, all redundancies must be voluntary and it cannot force anyone to leave the company or accept a transfer.RTBU secretary Owen Doogan said he was concerned for the workers who received a big percentage of their pay in penalties and whether that would be reflected in the payouts."There are very negative implications for a lot of people,'' Mr Doogan said.However he said the company was refusing to discuss any details until today's meetings."They have clamped up about the whole thing,'' he said.Meetings will be held with the unions tomorrow and the company will also hold consultation with staff.The job losses are expected to be in the operational side of the business."QR National has been examining changes to its business and last week advised staff and unions that it would begin consultation on these proposals from Tuesday,'' a spokesman said."We are unable to respond further until Tuesday and after consultation has commenced.''The redundancies are part of a restructuring QR National started last year to put itself on a equal footing with competitors which haven't had the burden of government ownership. The reason for the redundancies was the same as that given last year.Before the former government sold off of the freight haulage arm of Queensland Rail, workers were assured their jobs would be safe for at least three years.But the workers also traded off their job-for-life security with a one-off payment of $4000, a 4 per cent pay rise and an extension of the employment guarantee from two years to more than three.They also received $1000 worth of shares in the QR National float.QR National was the coal and freight division sold by the Bligh government and became a public company in 2010.It has about 9000 employees.
Quote from: tramtrain on June 05, 2012, 06:36:10 AMHow does any organisation get 900 people who don't actually need to be there??!?!
Quote from: ozbob on November 23, 2011, 12:50:25 PMQRN is proud of the fact that it is rail business with no passengers and moves a nation ...
QuoteQR National jobs to be shed5th June 2012 5:01 PMHUNDREDS of jobs are to be shed from QR National and workers at Ipswich's Redbank workshops won't be spared.Directors of the freight haulage company, which currently employs about 700 people at Redbank, spent yesterday afternoon in meetings with union officials after announcing it planned to continue the restructuring process that began with hundreds of redundancies last year.Following the meeting, QR National said more than 500 employees across the state would be made redundant.While it was unclear exactly how many jobs would go at Redbank, union officials said all staff at the workshops would be able to apply for redundancy.QR National CEO Lance Hockridge said a legacy of bureaucracy from the company's previous government ownership was part of the problem."Our cost base is too high when compared to competitors and rail industry peers," Mr Hockridge said."While QR National continues to grow, we need to better serve customers and improve our operating and financial performance if we are to safeguard an ongoing strong future for our company, our employees and shareholders."The announcement flies in the face of the former government's pledge that every employee would have a three-year job guarantee following the government sell-off in 2010.Less than two years later, QR National has already made more than 600 positions redundant.The company has promised no forced redundancies and no forced relocations for the majority of employees.Electrical Trades Union organiser Jason Young said QR National had its sights set on shedding 6500 of the 9000 positions across the state."I think it's just another kick in the guts for all QR National employees and part of the slow death caused by privatisation," he said. "QR National does not care about regional communities because it is now all about the almighty dollar."QR National human resources spokesman John Stephens said QR National would take aim at management and supervisory levels, back-office support and "non-core" business activity.A consultation period with staff and unions was proposed to run from yesterday until June 22, with reforms to come into place by mid-August.
QuoteREDBANK railway workers were left "devastated" after Aurizon broke the news of another round of redundancies yesterday.Workers were told 85 of the site's 485 staff will be made redundant in the third and most significant round of job cuts since the company was privatised under the Bligh Government.The redundancies will reduce the workforce - which was more than 700-strong just two years ago - to just over 400.The announcement blind-sided union officials, who were given no inkling of the pending redundancies at a meeting with Aurizon earlier thisweek. Electrical Trades Union state organiser Jason Young said he began receiving messages from workers at 7.30am."We didn't know it was coming at all. We have been negotiating with Aurizon this week. We had a meeting yesterday and no one said a word to us," he said.He said morale amongst staff had dropped, adding workers were "devastated, absolutely distraught."An Aurizon spokesperson said 85 positions were being made redundant at the Redbank facility, while15 new positions were being created.Aurizon has created 23 new positions at its Rockhampton site.The spokesperson said the reasons for the proposed changes included a shift in the company's coal and freight haulage business to central Queensland.The spokesperson also pointed to reduced activity at workshops as a result of ongoing rationalisation, improved maintenance strategies and changed maintenance schedules.Staff will be able to apply for one of the newly created positions."There is no forced redundancy for employees at these sites," the spokesperson said."Employees in affected roles are able to seek redeployment to new roles...or can express an interest in the voluntary redundancy scheme."This provides the flexibility to work with employees and place as many people as possible into roles while allowing people seeking voluntary redundancy to leave the company."No final decisions will be made until we've completed consultation with employees."Mr Young said the redundancies would be spread throughout the five different workshops.
Quote from: Stillwater on May 08, 2014, 11:33:18 AMThe question is where will 'passenger-related maintenance' for Queensland Rail rolling stock take place other than at Aurizon facilities?
QuoteAurizon plans to end passenger-related maintenance contracts for Queensland Rail at both facilities, as the contracts expire, in an effort to reduce costs.
Quote from: ozbob on May 08, 2014, 13:40:52 PMNo doubt that both the Inlander and Westlander will cease later this year I expect.
QuoteA CALL has gone out from Ipswich West MP Sean Choat for a new company to set up a railway workshop at Redbank.The QT reported earlier this month that freight company Aurizon would close its Redbank workshops permanently in 2017, leaving hundreds of workers jobless.The winding down will begin next month with 42 staff to be axed before more follow next June when Aurizon's QR maintenance contract expires.But Mr Choat insists that there is scope for another company to come in and do the job."Over 50% of the work Aurizon do at Redbank is on behalf of Queensland Rail. They have the contract to maintain their rolling stock," Mr Choat said."So I am asking what other companies are out there who might like to come and take advantage, because our city would love to host you."Aurizon is pulling out, but I want someone else to come in to take their place."It is still cold comfort, but we are going to have a new Wulkuraka rail facility that will keep this strong rail presence in the region.About 450 Redbank staff face either moving to Rockhampton or losing their jobs."I am absolutely furious about it," Mr Choat said."I was given an assurance by Aurizon in 2012 that they would continue their interest at Redbank, Rockhampton and Townsville."But they have gone back on that and it is an absolute disgrace. There are over 40 voluntary redundancies on the table now, but I have spoken to Aurizon and there are 450 people employed there." There will be a phasing down of operations there over the last three years, but they have assured me that their apprentices will all be carried through on their training contracts."So no apprentice will be out of work and will get to finish their trade - which is small comfort, I guess."
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