Jobs could be on the chopping block at Gladstone’s Aurizon depot
PROPOSED job cuts at Aurizon appear to affect 49 positions at its Callemondah depot.
An internal document viewed by The Observer reveals 'proposed changes' that would take effect from August 2016. It says Aurizon is consulting with impacted employees.
It's understood workers were notified of potential job losses on Thursday.
The document proposes positions could be cut at the Callemondah depot including driver trainer positions and a number of differing level freight operator positions.
The document states that "likely effects on employees" would include "no change; appointment to a new position; redeployment, retraining, re-skilling and/or transfer; voluntary redundancy; termination of employment by way of involuntary redundancy; [and,] relocation by agreement".
It also includes details of proposed changes at the Jilalan depot (south of Mackay) and Pring depot in Townsville.
Aurizon told the ABC on Friday that "no final decisions will be made until we have completed the consultation process with employees".
"Many of our customers and competitors are under pressure to reduce their workforces, cut costs and, in some cases, close their operations," Aurizon told the ABC.
"We are faced with lower growth conditions for customers and have also lifted productivity as a result of the introduction of more efficient work practices and new technology."
Last month a spokeswoman for Aurizon said its "organisational change" over recent years was "well known".
"Aurizon is committed to building a diverse workforce inclusive of different ages, genders, sexualities and backgrounds," she said. "At this time there are no major redundancy programs underway in the company."