16 KiwiRail jobs axed in South Canterbury

00:41, Aug 31 2012

KiwiRail will axe 16 jobs in South Canterbury as it seeks to streamline services.

While no final decision has been made, a planned network reduction spend over the next three years will reduce staff numbers by 181 nationally.

A spokesperson said a new structure would be implemented in October with information to be collected and considered over the coming weeks.

"We are proposing a reduction from 70 to 54 network staff in the South Canterbury area; no final decisions have been made."

Those staff undertake track, signals, and structures work.

In addition to network staff in South Canterbury, KiwiRail also employs 23 staff to manage freight operations. That includes train drivers, rail operators, hoist operators and support staff.

"It is likely that this team may need to be expanded to meet increased business requirements."

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