UPDATE: Gladstone Aurizon workers cut in company restructure

UPDATE: 

AURIZON has confirmed 16 positions will be cut in the company restructure and says it will be working with employees on redeployment and redundancy options.

The roles are five supervisors and 11 operational staff. 

The company also rejected claims bullying and safety is an issue at the Callemondah site saying "there have been no reported incidents of bullying". 

"Aurizon has zero tolerance for workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment," a spokesperson said. 

EARLIER: 

RAIL giant Aurizon has just finished a company review as part of a restructure which will see 19 Gladstone workers made redundant, a union boss says. 

Central Queensland Rail Tram and Bus Union organiser Craig Allen said that included 11 operational staff and seven others in supervisors and development positions out of the 240 stationed at Callemondah.

It's added stress for staff working in an environment focused on cost cutting that one former employee has labelled "toxic".

The review at Aurizon comes as other major employers QAL and NRG announce they will be making job cuts amid declining commodity prices. 

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Aurizon, which relies heavily on coal, is expected to make an announcement on the latest redundancies on Monday, March 21 but in the meantime workers are clueless as to whether or not they'll be forced out.

A spokesperson for Aurizon said challenging market conditions and reduced customer demand had forced the company to look for ways save money.

"Following completion of consultation with employees, we have communicated the outcome of a restructure at Callemondah which will result in a net reduction of five supervisor roles and 11 operational roles.

"Aurizon will begin working through arrangements with individual employees on redeployment and redundancy options from next week."

But Mr Allen said if workers didn't volunteer to go, there would be forced redundancies.

"It's a terrible process for a worker to go through," Mr Allen said.

"They have no idea who, if anyone, has applied for a redundancy and they won't until this process is finished."

Last month Aurizon's chief executive Lance Hockridge said the company would be delving deeper into cost cutting as the group tried to make up for a $108 million net loss on it West Pilbara Iron Ore Project.

However the cost cutting at Gladstone has been ongoing since at least August last year when The Observer reported that toilets on board trains had been replaced with port-a-loos which drivers were, and still are, expected to empty.

One former Aurizon employee who asked not be named and who left the company within the past 12 months following some of the changes, said the cost cutting was creating "a toxic work environment".

They said bullying and intimidation was common and labelled Aurizon the "worst organisation as far as morale goes".

"People that work there are too afraid to speak up because they don't want to lose their jobs," the former Aurizon worker said.

Aurizon rejected claims bullying and safety is an issue at the Callemondah site saying "there have been no reported incidents of bullying". 

"Aurizon has zero tolerance for workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment," a spokesperson said. 

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