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Queensland Rail has been ordered to cut its bloated executive, with a dozen people netting a wage above CEO level.
The government-owned corporation has 12 senior executives paid above the CEO level, compared to only two at CEO level at the Department of Main Roads, an organisation of similar size, Transport Minister Scott Emerson says.
The 12 are being paid $4.53 million, and there are also more than 60 general managers in Queensland Rail compared to 20 in main roads.
Mr Emerson has told rail network operator to identify savings in corporate numbers, and he intends on targeting the communications and marketing department for cuts.
Staff there have increased by 68 per cent in the past two years, besides a 122 per cent increase in finance, and 66 per cent in strategy and corporate services, he says.
"Queenslanders need a rail service that focuses more clearly on frontline services," he said in a statement on Thursday.
Queensland Rail will report back to the government on how it will achieve savings.
"I’ve asked all transport agencies to look for savings in their head office to ensure we get Queensland’s budget position back to a sustainable level," Mr Emerson said.
Premier Campbell Newman says about 3000 jobs have gone from the public service as temporary contracts expired with the new financial year.
The Courier-Mail reports more than 2000 Queensland Rail staff could go, with the government planning a 30 per cent reduction.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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