QR National’s administration building in Rockhampton may only need one floor to accommodate remaining workers there after the latest round of job cuts.
QR National’s administration building in Rockhampton may only need one floor to accommodate remaining workers there after the latest round of job cuts. Chris Ison

Workers 'gutted' with QR job cuts

JOB losses in the Rockhampton area from the QR National restructure now look closer to 200, with more than 30 administration workers set to lose their jobs after July, a union organiser says.

RTBU Rockhampton organiser Craig Allen spent yesterday morning in the company's Murray St administration building, which now appears surplus to the company's requirements.

"It is estimated to be worth upwards of $5 million. Mr Allen said numbers were now so low that the six-storey building would only need one floor to house remaining administration workers.

"The second floor had 90 workers before they began restructuring.

"After last year, they were down to 10 and now six of those jobs will go.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they sold it," he said.

Details of voluntary redundancy packages were presented at meetings with union officials in Brisbane yesterday, offering three weeks pay for every year of service. Workers have been given until June 22 to respond.

Mr Allen said packages were capped at 104 weeks, and already managers were calling workers in to have one-on-one discussions.

"They haven't even had time to digest it, they deserve to be treated better than that," he said.

Workers at the rolling stock locomotive depot were said to be "gutted" yesterday, after being informed the maintenance staff of over 40 would be reduced to just four.

"Four workers will be expected to do all the emergency response between Townsville and Toowoomba," said Mr Allen.

Discussion between QR National and union officials continued in Brisbane yesterday.



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