It’s been a tough start to 2016 for many Loco Division members.
Pacific National has recently moved to axe 46 Port Waratah train crew jobs. The cuts will involve both voluntary and forced redundancies and come after a spate of redundancies less than a year ago.
The company is blaming a downturn in the coal market and a step down in a contractual arrangement with one of its major customers.
We will continue to meet with the company to make sure that members are treated fairly and with respect during this incredibly difficult time. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to work with the company to minimise job loss as much as possible. If you have any concerns please contact the Loco Division immediately.
Over at Sydney Trains, the reform process is still ongoing. No firm proposals have been provided yet, however delegates are continuing to work with the information we have to ensure we get an outcome that meets members’ needs. Stay tuned for more on this.
We’ve also had a few issues resulting from the hot weather recently, particularly at Aurizon where the coal trains have experienced a number of failures.
A reminder that your health and safety is always the number one priority and that if you feel as though you cannot work safely during the hot weather that you should contact your delegate immediately.
I hope you all had a very safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year period, and trust that you will enjoy this edition of Loco Express.
Stay safe on the tracks.
Loco Division Secretary