Aurizon, workers battle for fairer deal

BOTH Aurizon and its disgruntled workers claim they want fair negotiations.

On Wednesday workers at the Callemondah (Gladstone), Bluff and Stanwell depots will stop work for 24 hours from midnight.

State Secretary for the RTBU Owen Doogan was in Gladstone yesterday after the Fair Work Commission's decision to terminate agreements between the company and its workers.

With 500 workers Aurizon's Gladstone operation is the largest in the state. Mr Doogan said the industrial action would force Aurizon to discuss the conditions of a fair deal.

But that's the same story told by Aurizon who wants the industrial action withdrawn and "to deal with substantive and unresolved issues across the bargaining table", according to a representative.

The Observer understands Aurizon will lose up to $50,000 for every train that doesn't make it to its destination. And with 30 trains that represents $1.5 billion. Aurizon would not confirm if this figure was accurate.


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