53 rail workers accept payouts

FIFTY-THREE Rockhampton workers will be among about 600 QR National employees to accept voluntary redundancies this month, a Queensland politician said.

In Rockhampton over the weekend, Queensland Party Leader Aidan McLindon said he expected the number of Rockhampton workers to increase.

“One can only imagine that forced redundancies will follow,” Mr McLindon said.

Earlier this year, QR National said a third of its 3500-strong workforce would be eligible for the redundancies.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday, the company said 600 voluntary redundancies were expected to be effective from April 15.

Chief human resources officer John Stephens said the redundancies spanned head office, corporate and administrative roles, and workshop and freight business positions.

He said the total cash cost, including the payout of leave entitlements, would be $75 million.



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