Aurizon calls for unions to stop protests in wake of cyclone

Aurizon workers.
Aurizon workers. Chris Ison

AURIZON has urged rail unions to withdraw their proposed industrial action starting at midnight tonight, as Cyclone Marcia bears down on the Queensland coast.

The priority in coming days should be the safety of Aurizon staff in managing the potential impact of the weather, in stowing trains and securing facilities, and in assisting customers during this difficult period the company said.

Late last night RTBU advised Aurizon they have withdrawn proposed industrial action scheduled for Callemondah, Stanwell and Bluff depots for Friday.

"Now is the time for unions to act responsibly in face of some of the worst weather predicted for Queensland in recent years," Aurizon said.

"Both unions should withdraw all action immediately in the interests of safety and looking after customers on the ground. This is a developing weather situation and for unions to leave the proposed industrial actions in place is just unnecessary and irresponsible.

"We will continue to work closely with potentially affected customers over coming days to mitigate any impacts if the proposed actions do proceed."

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