LISTEN:Blue and white collar Aurizon workers ‘attacked’, says union

ROCKHAMPTON is one of many national sites in Aurizon's firing line as a fresh wave of 300 job cuts is set to sweep the company.

A set of proposed changes announced overnight, which are subject to consultation and feedback from employers before any final decisions are made, will effect business units across the nation.

An Aurizon spokesperson said details on specific business units would not be provided as it is "subject to consult with employers".

"The proposed changes are the result of lower growth conditions for customers, and the company's continuing improvements in productivity through the introduction of more efficient work practices and new technology," the spokesperson said.

"The proposals will reduce management positions and flatten the leadership structure across operations, as well as better aligning labour resources across Aurizon's operations and network businesses."

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Rockhampton region organiser Peter Lyon said the news overnight followed the announcement earlier this week multiple positions would be cut from drivers, maintenance and track worker positions across Queensland and Western Australian operations.

"All up it's been a terrible week for Aurizon workers, weather you be a blue collar worker or a white collar worker, they've attacked everyone," he said.

"Aurizon as a company don't want to employ anybody. They've got stated intention to lose (either) 800 all up or another 800 over the next three years so this is only the start of it.

"What is also means is Aurizon want to put everything out to contract so they don't employ permanent people."

"I would imagine there are a lot of managers worried at the moment."

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