Jobs go around the state..
THE AUSTRALIAN Manufacturing Workers Union warned yesterday that up to 100 skilled trade workers could be sacked at QR National’s Redbank workshops.
The AMWU said workers had been told they would either lose their jobs or be forced to move to Toowoomba.
AMWU acting state secretary Rohan Webb said QR National had failed to consult with workers before the announcement that 500 jobs would be cut across the state.
“There are more than 30 positions in the Locomotive Maintenance Department at Redbank, as well as another 20 in the foundry there. They will definitely close them down, and the wagon shop is also under threat,” Mr Webb said.
“The company told some workers there was still a job for them with QRN – but it was in Toowoomba.
MP demands answers, not attacks, on sell-off
07 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM
STATE Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter was handed a personal attack rather than an answer by Queensland treasurer and minister for trade Tim Nicholls after asking whether he would halt the final sale of Queensland Rail (QR) National.The state government’s $3.2 billion stake in QR National came under question as reports emerged that the bulk rail carrier may shed up to 900 jobs.Mr Katter said this raised concerns that the Liberal National Party (LNP) would continue with Labor’s asset sale program.”The LNP champion themselves as a government that will not sell off state assets and I sincerely hope that is the case,” Mr Katter said.”Unfortunately, the LNP Government’s refusal to rule out the further sale of QR National assets only raises concerns that they are planning to follow the course of Labor.”