Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser.
Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser. DAVE HUNT

Rail workers will be better off

STRIKING Queensland Rail workers will be better off in the long run as a result of the State Government’s decision to publicly list the company, Treasurer Andrew Fraser says.

The Government on Tuesday announced QR would be split into two entities, with the coal and freight business and its above-rail infrastructure to be floated under the name QR National.

Mr Fraser said there was never a guarantee to keep the workshops out of the sale.

“What we’ve said very clearly from the start is that we would look to sell the coal business above and below (rail) and that we would undertake an assessment of the other parts of QR,” he said.

The workshops would give QR its “expertise and grunt” into the future, Mr Fraser said, and he didn’t believe there would be job losses after a two-year job guarantee expired.

“I think in five, 10 years to come, you will see more people being employed by QR ...”

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