KiwiRail talking about cuts

JENNY KEOWN
Last updated 07:27 25/09/2012
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FAIRFAX NZ
KiwiRail looks set to leave the station with more job cuts.

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KiwiRail has begun a consultation process with staff after confirming it will cut 158 jobs from its infrastructure and engineering division around the country.

It began talking to affected staff in Auckland yesterday and will meet Hamilton and Wellington staff today and Christchurch workers on Friday.

The company divides its country-wide operations into three regions: north (Tongariro National Park to the north of Whangarei), central (Tongariro National Park to Wellington) and southern (the South Island).

The central area will be hit hardest, with 58 redundancies, while 42 jobs are to go in the north, 40 in the south and 18 from the railweld operations based in Auckland and the track machine team based around the country.

In all, KiwiRail is reducing its 714-strong infrastructure and engineering workforce to 556.

The company declined to say how many staff will be affected in the main centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Of the 158 jobs to go, just over 30 were compulsory redundancies and about 70 were voluntary redundancies.

 Fairfax NZ

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