Worker incensed at payout to Aurizon CEO amid cuts
A ROCKHAMPTON Aurizon worker has attacked the company's CEO Lance Hockridge (pictured) for being paid a seven-figure salary while workers across the state could face redundancies and tougher work conditions.
The worker, who did not wish to be named, called The Morning Bulletin last week to air his concerns about the company's attempt to force workers onto a new industrial agreement.
Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees spokesman Greg Smith said the union was fighting the company's decision to have the matter resolved by the Fair Work Commission.
Aurizon applied to the commission in May to terminate 14 individual agreements and install one all-encompassing arrangement, which the union claims would give the company greater power.
An Aurizon spokesman said there had been agreement on some clauses, but no agreement on significant changes to legacy conditions and practices, such as hours of work, rostering, the removal of the no-forced redundancy clauses or free rail travel.
The Aurizon CEO received a 34% pay rise in his total pay package in the 2012-2013 financial year to $6.1million.
The year before, he received $4.57million.