Grafton rail staff face job losses and hours reductions
GRAFTON railway station staff are facing job losses and cuts in hours as the NSW Government reviews its rail operations.
Grafton is on a list of 20 stations around regional NSW to be reviewed as part of a NSW Trains proposal to "modernise" rail services.
A further 12 stations, including North Coast stations at Lismore, Murwillumbah and Byron Bay will be closed as the NSW Trains plan to "unattend" these stations.
An online media outlet said up to 60 fulltime positions on stations will be cut due to a drop in face-to-face ticket sales, patronage levels and staff workloads.
The Rail, Tram & Bus Industry Union (RTBU) said it had been in discussion with Trains NSW last week about the cuts and was disappointed the government had made an announcement last Thursday afternoon as the many people were clocking off for their Easter break.
The union website said the staff review is likely to begin, starting with northern region locations, including Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Casino, from April 18.Stations to close: Blayney, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Griffith, Lismore, Macksville, Murwillumbah, Nambucca Heads, Parkes, Wellington, Yass Junction. Reduced staff: Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Canberra, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Cootamundra, Dubbo, Goulburn, Grafton, Gunnedah, Junee, Kempsey, Narrabri, Orange, Tamworth, Taree, Wagga, Wauchope.