KiwiRail to announce cuts next week
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:20a.m.
By 3 News online staff
KiwiRail is expected to announce significant job cuts today, at a meeting with delegates of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union in Wellington.
But the state-owned rail company will not officially announce the cuts until next week.
3 News understands workers and the union is being told of the decision today.
Earlier this year, KiwiRail indicated it would cut at least 181 jobs from its infrastructure and engineering division in a bid to save around $14 million.
The union’s South Island organiser John Kerr told the Otago Daily Times he hoped the number would be fewer than 181 and expected KiwiRail will have revised its number of cuts.
About 75 infrastructure and engineering employees have indicated voluntary redundancy, Mr Kerr said. But said some “cold feet” were likely.
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19/09/2012 4:05:14 p.m.
We know that the National Government has never like rail. They can afford to have cars to go everywhere - usually driven by someone else so that they don't have the hassle.
Surely one locomotive hauling 50 wagons would be more economical than 50 trucks cluttering up the road. Or for passenger trains - nearly all gone - 1 locomotive hauling 4 or 5 or even more carriages is more economical that 4 or 5 buses.. In a train you can walk around, stretch your legs eat your lunch
and see country that you have not seen before. all things that you can not do on a bus. The only problem is that train fare is much more expensive than bus. No wonder people opt to go by bus.
19/09/2012 11:20:14 a.m.
just what is happening to our country, they will cut off Gisbourne which will be terrible not only for the people and business's of the town but also for the whole of Hawke Bay and I heard last night that there is murmerings of cutting the train service in Wellington whats the go there, as I remember the lines in and out of 'Wellington are packed to overflowing morning and night and is the only rail-link between the Wairarapa-Upper Hutt-Lower Hutt etc we may s well turn to Oz for our Government cause this one is all about selling us anyway
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