Rail workers strike over conditions cut
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
RAILWAY workers in Gladstone stopped work yesterday to protest at their treatment by Queensland Rail.
More than 100 workers from rolling stock mainte- nance and trackside systems walked off the job late on Wednesday afternoon.
State organiser for the Rail,Tram and Bus Union Craig Allen said the workers were angry about their treatment by Queensland Rail (QR) human resources management.
'We have been in negotiation with QR over the new work agreements for the past eight months,' Mr Allen said.
'Two days before the agreements were to be ratified, human resources management removed key conditions from the agreements.
'These included removing retention payments for em- ployees that had been negotiated under current agreements.'
Trackside systems workers voted to return to work late yesterday morning upon the recommendation of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
The QIRC recommended the negotiations resume and that the QIRC be involved in those negotiations.
The commission also recommended that certified agreements once agreed to in principle would not be re- quired to go before the government review committee.
Mr Allen said there was no impact on train timetables from the industrial action.