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Aurizon to cut 50 jobs in Queensland

Aurizon has announced it will cut 49 jobs from its Redbank and Ipswich workshops in Queensland.

The rail freight company said 85 positions at its Redbank facility in Ipswich will become surplus with 15 new positions set to created.

While at Rockhampton, 23 new positions will be created, while two will be made redundant.

The company said there will be no forced redundancies, with workers in affected roles able to seek redeployment to new roles that have been created or take voluntary redundancies.

Aurizon said the changes were made as its coal and freight haulage business operates from central Queensland and the company is seeking to align maintenance on freight rollingstock in the area.

While reduced activity at workshops is a result of ongoing rationalisation, improved maintenance strategies and changed maintenance schedules, it said.

Earlier this year the company announced plans to cut costs by more than $230 million over the next two years in a move which signalled the loss of jobs and property sales.

The company formerly known as QR National announced it would move to cut $70 million in labour costs over the next 24 months.

In a presentation to analysts, chief Lance Hockridge said the cost cutting measures were aimed at delivering positive outcomes for shareholders and customers.

Aurizon has made a number of job cuts over the past few years with most coming from voluntary redundancies.

Hockridge has previously said that company had staff levels that were higher than needed, which results in “high corporate overheads and bureaucratic structures”.

“Our cost base is too high when compared to competitors and rail industry peers,” he said.

Depots in Bundaberg, Gympie Murgon, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Monto, Biggenden, Biloela and Tully are set to close.

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