Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


KiwiRail can’t say how job cuts will impact on the network

Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union
Monday August 6, 2012

KiwiRail can’t say how job cuts will impact on the network

The country’s rail workforce remains deeply concerned about the impact of job cuts on their ability to safely maintain the network, the rail workers’ union said today.

KiwiRail have today confirmed that they are seeking to cut 181 staff positions from their Infrastructure and Engineering division.

“KiwiRail’s recent history of cost cutting and contracting out has been disastrous,” Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson said.

“Chinese locomotives lie around awaiting repairs. In February one in ten of the Chinese built flat top wagons were out of the fleet undergoing repairs. And sleepers from Peru are rotting.”
“No one was held accountable for these problems. Following the first major derailment or operating incident linked to the network’s infrastructure, Chairman John Spencer and CEO Jim Quinn must be held accountable for these staffing cuts.”

“This exercise is not based on reducing staff to a number which can maintain the track safely in a fit for purpose state.”

“It is an accounting exercise to save $200 million and meeting head count targets, nothing more.”

“When KiwiRail managers were asked directly at a meeting with Union leaders whether staff cuts would mean KiwiRail could still maintain the network safely, neither I&E general manager Rick van Barneveld, or his three regional mangers would give this commitment”

“Put simply, KiwiRail do not know how these cuts are going to work in practise.”

“The view of experienced, skilled rail workers is it will increase risk for operating staff and the travelling public on the network. It will cause a crisis in available labour, which will open the door to more outsourcing. And major gains in track standard remediation post privatisation will stagnate initially and then worsen.”

“In 2005 the railway was in private ownership and suffering huge amounts of deferred maintenance. KiwiRail’s comparison with that period today ignores this fact.”

Wayne Butson said KiwiRail was asking workers to believe that advertisements placed by a major contractor for rail workers skilled in “rail project development, track construction, brownfield railway work” and more, that appeared the same week as the redundancies were announced, is just a coincidence.

“This is certainly a nominee for a Tui yeah right award,” he said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


REINZ May Data: House Price Rises Continue; Auckland Hits New Record Median Price Again

Median prices for residential property across New Zealand increased by 32.3% from $620,000 in May 2020 to $820,000 in May 2021, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), source of the most complete and accurate real estate data in New Zealand... More>>

Energy Resources Aotearoa: Doubling Of Coal Use Shows Need For Local Natural Gas

New figures showing a near doubling of coal-fired electricity generation highlight New Zealand’s energy shortage and the need for natural gas as a lower carbon alternative, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa... More>>

E Tu: ‘Sense Of Mourning’ As Norske Skog Mill Set To Close

Workers at Norske Skog’s Tasman Mill now know they’ll be losing their jobs in little over a month’s time.
On Wednesday afternoon, workers were told the mill will be stopping production from the end of June... More>>

Auction: 1.4 Million In Rare Vintage Watches, Gems, Jewels & Diamonds Go Under The Hammer At Webb’s

An auction event showcasing over 1.4 Million dollars in rare jewels, gems, diamonds and vintage watches is due to take place this Sunday by Auckland based auction house Webb’s... More>>

Catalist: NZ’s New SME Stock Exchange, Gets Licence To Go Public

New Zealand has a new stock exchange – designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to raise up to $20 million a year from the public.
Called Catalist, the exchange has already been successfully working the private investment sector.... More>>

E-Commerce: Over 40% Of Those Engaged In The Bitcoin Community Are Millennials

Bitcoin has emerged to be a popular topic among millennials with digital currency increasingly being viewed as a potential source of creating wealth through investments. The interest in bitcoin by millennials signals the role this age group plays in the possible realization of the digital currency’s mass adoption... More>>