Baird Government playing politics with regional jobs
May 10, 2016
The Baird Government’s plan to cut more than 60 fulltime positions from regional TrainLink stations is unravelling as it moves to help its federal counterparts.
In April this year the Government quietly declared 12 railway and coach stations would close and 20 stations would have reduced hours.
In an embarrassing turn, the Minister yesterday announced that eight regional and rural stations will be spared from the cuts in an attempt to help Liberal and National colleagues in the upcoming federal election.
A list of stations spared from closures and cuts and a list of stations to be closed is below.
Despite sparing the jobs of regional and rural station staff in the key electorates, Mr Constance still plans to reduce staffing hours at a further 20 TrainLink stations and close four.
The Government’s TrainLink station closure and reduction in staffing hours plan is likely to compound the pressure on regional and rural economies as high unemployment and dwindling industry take hold.
Armidale Station is still on the list of TrainLink stations to suffer reduced staffing hours despite the region having an unemployment rate of 8.7 per cent.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay MP
“The Baird Government is playing politics with people’s jobs in parts of the state that are already feeling the pressure of unemployment and dwindling industry.
“Instead of picking and choosing which stations will be spared the Government should drop its attack on regional and rural railway stations altogether.
“This isn’t about the Government making life easier for commuters using the stations that have been spared; it’s about making life easier for their mates in Federal Government ahead of the election.
“There needs to be an assurance that those stations spared from cuts and closures right now will still have that safety net come July 3rd.”
Staff cuts will continue at the following TrainLink locations: