More KiwiRail jobs to go - NZ First
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 5:31a.m.
KiwiRail intends cutting another 100 jobs over the next year, says the MP who blew the whistle on the company's decision to axe up to 220 workers.
NZ First's Brendan Horan yesterday revealed KiwiRail had told staff between 170 and 220 line maintenance workers would have to go.
That was quickly followed by a company statement confirming he was right, and saying it needed to shave $200 million off its $950 million expenditure over the next three years.
"That's just the start of the process," Mr Horan said.
"Behind the scenes, KiwiRail is planning a further 100 job cuts by the end of 2013."
State-owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall is refusing to comment and says the job cuts are an operational matter for KiwiRail.
"Mr Ryall is staying silent because he wants to keep New Zealanders in the dark over KiwiRail's future," Mr Horan said.
"The Government is gutting our rail network so it can flog it off on the cheap to a private investor - we've been there before and it proved to be a costly disaster for taxpayers."
Labour also says KiwiRail is being prepared for sale.
"This is part of a process being used by the Government to convince New Zealanders that KiwiRail is no longer a viable company and therefore should be sold off to private interests," state-owned enterprises spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said.
The previous National Government sold the Railways Corporation in 1993 and Labour bought it back for $665 million in 2008, renaming it KiwiRail.
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12/07/2012 11:24:41 a.m.
National will sell anything and everything. They have no vision or mandate for the future of NZ just sell sell sell. Job losses will increase we will be locked into foreign investment that could join us at the hip with Europe then it is a big disaster. They are trying to gain public support based on fear around debt. If we make decisions out of fear then nothing good will return.
11/07/2012 10:47:14 a.m.
key, can always blame the labour govt, as he always does. notice how the media is very quiet, about keys latest shite fight with our brown brothers/sisters?
11/07/2012 10:15:58 a.m.
What is it with these idiots. They spend so much energy trying to find ways to strip the railway that could be spent coming up with commercial solutions. (Obviously baby boomers), need mummy and daddy to bail them out. Easy solution, set up truck depots in each main centre so that they can put trailers onto flat bed rail wagons, they take trailers to next destination where other trucks hook them up and deliver. Saves diesel, road damage and wear on trucks and takes trucks off the main highways also utilizes rail. Years ago, trucks could only operate within a certain radius.
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