Union will fight QR workshop sale

THE Queensland Council of Unions has vowed to continue its fight against privatisation of public assets after it was announced QR workshops had also been added to the list.

Unions maintain the government’s original reason for the Queensland Rail privatisation proposal – which was to plug a deficit hole created by the global financial crisis – no longer stacks up.

More than 400 QR workers returned to work in Rockhampton yesterday after walking off the job to protest against the government’s move on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the unions expressed concern that the government had gone much further than originally stated with the addition of QR workshops added to the list of assets to be sold.

“The job security of workers in these workshops is a major concern,” she said.

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.



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