Monday, September 24, 2012

KiwiRail's redundant staff snapped up by overseas railways

While every other country in the world is heavily investing in rail, the NZ government wants the opposite in NZ so KiwiRail is to cut 158 jobs in its infrastructure and engineering divisions by next month.

The company has been consulting staff about the number of job losses, which has been reduced by 23 from an initial proposal.

KiwiRail infrastructure general manager Rick van Barneveld says the cuts are necessary if the company is to pay its own way in a struggling economy.  "We're not immune from a sluggish and variable economy. We hadn't expected an earthquake in Christchurch and we hadn't expected passenger volumes to fall as well. As a consequence of that we've just got to spend a little less and make sure that our expenditure stream stays behind the revenue stream."

Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary Wayne Butson says the Government is making a mistake in letting go skilled KiwiRail employees, who will be snapped up overseas. A union member told him he'd had 20 job offers within three hours of putting his CV on an Australian railway website.

"That just goes to show how much in demand these railway skills are at the moment," Mr Butson says. "Rail is a more sustainable mode of transport than roads, on which the Government has spent billions of dollars in recent years."

1 comment:

wallace said...

In this day and age when satellite communication allows conferences to take place on line, why is Key and his bunch of non performing idiots travelling on all these junket trips at taxpayer expense around the globe giving them lead boots with so called carbon footprints when people are loosing their jobs and the country is loosing skilled workers in a field which as you say is in heavy demand elsewhere. Blind leading (some) of the blind, for us pro rail people it is surely another indication that National are just a pack of losers who promised jobs and instead took them and will put this country back giving no incentive for bright engineers, nor apprentices to stay here.